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    Prop-Driven ‘Rail Zeppelin’ Is Many Kinds of Awesome

    by Jalopnik
    Time again for an outrageous pre-war German vehicle design. You’ve already seen the Nazi rocket plane built to nuke New York from orbit. The propeller-driven aluminum train Schienenzeppelin is miles tamer but every bit as magnificent. And unlike the Amerika Bomber, it really ran — at 140 mph in 1931...
    • Jay Harbison

      Conceived and built in 1930 by the German rail company Deutsche Reichsbahn, the Schienenzeppelin was a design alternative to the streamlined steam locomotives of its day. It was a slick and relatively lightweight at 20 tons, running on but two axles and powered by a 46-liter BMW V-12. Originally good for 120 mph — on par with the fastest streamlined steam locomotives — the Schienenzeppelin topped out at a magnificent 140 mph in the summer of 1931. It was a record that stood for 23 years and was never surpassed by a gasoline-powered locomotive.

    • Anuraag Sanghi

      Valerian Abakovsky was a Russian inventor of the high-speed Aerowagon train engine, . The Aerowagon had an airplane engine and propeller and was designed to carry Soviet officials to and from Moscow. Abakovsky's invention worked fine on the outgoing leg of the test run but crashed during its return

    • Peter Talbot

      The German Schienenzeppelin (means Rail Zeppelin), the prop-driven V12 locomotive, developed by Franz Kruckenberg in 1929. The Schienenzeppelin was powered by a 46-liter BMW V12 engine and a massive propeller, which helped to reach the unbelievable 143 mph per hour (230.2 kmh) in the summer of 1931. Only one prototype was built, which was dismantled in 1939.

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