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NYC M-497 "Jet Train"

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:36 pm
by cjberndt
This is a presentation about NYC's RDC-3 M-497 Jet Train runs in July 1966. The Jet Train made three timed runs in two days between Butler, Ind., and Stryker, Ohio, allegedly to test the effects of high-speed service on existing jointed rail. M-497 set the still-standing passenger rail speed record in the U.S.

The presentation will be at NMRA's local chapter meeting:

Monday, July 13
7:00 p.m.
Former PRR station
221 W. Baker St.
Ft. Wayne

It is free and open to the public. Bring your M-497 models and photos.

Craig Berndt

Re: NYC M-497 "Jet Train"

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:51 pm
by cjberndt
I forgot to include the photo.

Try modeling the 3 in. clearance between the front skirt and top-of-rail.

Craig

Re: NYC M-497 "Jet Train"

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:03 am
by Notch 8
It's kind of disappointing that the M-497 was scrapped instead of residing in a museum today...

Re: NYC M-497 "Jet Train"

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:26 pm
by cjberndt
It would have been a nice museum piece, but NYC President Perlman didn't give away anything; note the absence of Niagaras and Hudsons in museums. On an historical note, Pres. Perlman was in the left seat of M-497 during the runs.

M-497 returned to regular service without the gas turbines, which were converted to track switch heaters in winter.

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Re: NYC M-497 "Jet Train"

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:05 pm
by Notch 8
cjberndt wrote:It would have been a nice museum piece, but NYC President Perlman didn't give away anything; note the absence of Niagaras and Hudsons in museums. On an historical note, Pres. Perlman was in the left seat of M-497 during the runs.

M-497 returned to regular service without the gas turbines, which were converted to track switch heaters in winter.

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Heaters or Cleaners ?

Re: NYC M-497 "Jet Train"

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:13 pm
by cjberndt
My error: the gas turbines were mounted on snow blowers, a common practice on NYC.

M-497 operated as an RDC until the mid-1970s. There's an internet photo of it in storage in 1978 as PC #98.

Craig