The floating trains of the future - from the past (Pueblo Railway Foundation)
Hovering trains with jet engines, which could reach speeds of more than 400 km/h, were supposed to conquer the world in the 1970s. Like hovercraft, these trains were supposed to float on air cushions and overcome obstacles with the help of the very powerful engines The United States and the Soviet Union invested heavily in futuristic technology, but it never took off, and we're still using more or less the same kind of trains as two hundred years ago. So what actually happened?
The remains of the futuristic engineers' dreams now stand peacefully outside a railroad museum in Colorado. The Pueblo Railway Museum is displaying three experimental "rocket motor cars" designed by engineers in the United States, the British Sun reports. Each of these futuristic trains was supposed to travel at very high speeds and change the world of trains completely. They were called - LIMRV,TACRV and TLRV and test tracks were built for the prototype with a dream of a new super high speed rail network to cross the US.
LIMRV (Photo: screenshot, Pueblo Railway Museum)
LIMRV - which was also known as "The Garrett", was designed with 3,000 horse power engines and very impressive boosters, which helped it to reach a record speed when it was tested in 1974 - 255.7 miles per hour (411 km/h). Its trials lasted until 1978, when it was abandoned.
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TLRV (Photo: screenshot, Pueblo Railway Museum)
TLRV, which was also known as the Grumman, was equipped with three huge turbo engines on its roof that were designed to reach a speed of 300 miles per hour (480 km/h), but did not reach it.
While the Garrett traveled on a more traditional course, the German There was a real hover train that was designed to rise above the ground using a system called “aerial propulsion.” On a short test track this hover train managed to reach speeds of 91 km/h and there were problems with its design, which led to the end of the experiments in 1975.
TACV (Photo: screenshot, Pueblo Railway Museum)
The last one is the TACV, also called the "Heroir" which was first developed in France by the engineer Jean Bertin.
This train had wheels and spanned an inverted T-shaped track, which was supposed to guide it while it flew on its air cushions.
The moving vehicle was more than just a locomotive - it was a fully furnished car designed to hold 60 passengers.
It reached speeds of 145 miles per hour (230 km/h) during test runs on a short 2.5 km test track.
But when it came to its further development, funding ran out and the train was abandoned in 1975.
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All these trains are now in the museum as a reminder of a future that never came.
This year the museum will begin to display them to the public to show future generations the history they were supposed to have.
Dave Dandrod, of the museum's directors, said that it is difficult to explain why the project failed: "The efforts that were made showed only the edge of the technical ability that existed at the time, as well as some solutions that were less practical. The politics and the desire to maintain the status quo of the existing planes and trains meant that the funding for the project was stopped." .