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#1 User is offline   Frank Musick 

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Posted 03 August 2022 - 07:07 PM

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Never seen any photos of this train other than the rear view.

Still looking for the full set of patent drawings. Found them once and should have saved them. From those drawings you can see that the train was 34 years ahead of its time. Full diaphragms and streamlining like the Pioneer Zephyr and M10000

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Posted 03 August 2022 - 07:11 PM

I've recently seen an article about this train in some back issue of a railroad engineering journal at the Internet archive. If I can relocate it, I'll leave the link to it here. A very interesting experiment that foreshadowed things to come.

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 10:04 AM

View PostWeter, on 03 August 2022 - 08:38 PM, said:

Is it about streamlined shape for better aerodynamics?


Sure is.

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 07:45 PM

I finally found F.U.Adams patent drawings. They were posted on my website all this time. I forgot I had a site and what was on it.


A photo of the tailcar taken in 1900
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Anyway....Here are the PDFs of the patents all from 1893!

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