YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE a train/railroad buff to find this story of the Soviet Union’s attempt at developing a jet-powered train interesting. Developed in 1970, the idea was to build a high-speed train and they thought turbojets was the way to do it. It was tested at least twice and got up to a top speed of 154 mph. Development stopped thanks to the fuel costs and noise levels and the train was abandoned somewhere in Russia.
Wouldn’t a museum of failed and wacky engineering and transportation ideas be really cool? Instead, this train sits somewhere in Russia, in lonely, abandoned field.