The M-497 Black Beetle Turbojet Train America’s Fastest Locomotive

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The M-497 nicknamed Black Beetle by the press was an experimental jet-powered locomotive test bed of the New York Central Railroad (NYC) corporation, developed and tested in 1966 in the United States of America.

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Two second-hand General Electric J47-19 jet engines designed as boosters for the Convair B-36 Peacemaker intercontinental bomber.

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Were mounted atop an existing Budd Rail Diesel Car an RDC-3, part coach, part baggage and mail configuration body which had received a streamlined front cowling.

The construct was then successfully sent on test runs over the existing tracks between Butler, Indiana, and Stryker, Ohio.

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The line was chosen for its arrow-straight layout and good condition, but otherwise unmodified track. On July 23, 1966, the car reached a speed of 183.68 mph an American rail speed record that still stands today.

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