Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

Nothing new today - just a re-issue of my old blogpost with different images:

The Comet, built by Goodyear-Zeppelin for NY, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, was powered by two 400 hp Westinghouse diesels.

Automatically retractable steps were an advanced feature for 1935:

Zephyr was the 'face' of Burlington Route. Designed by Budd engineer Walter B. Dean, the train was three articulated compartments.

On conventional passenger cars, each carbody rode upon a pair of trucks (wheel/axle assembly), with one truck at each end. Here one truck served two carbodies:

The exterior design of the train was left to aeronautical engineer Albert Gardner Dean (Walter Dean's younger brother) who designed the sloping nose shape, with architect John Harbeson and industrial designer Paul Philippe Cret devising a way to strengthen and beautify the sides with the train's horizontal fluting.

The first Zephyr was completed by Budd Company on April 9, 1934, powered by an 8-cylinder, 600-horsepower (447 kW), 8-201-A model Winton engine. Like the diesel-electric locomotives that soon displaced the steam locomotive on American railroads, this engine powered an electrical generator; the electricity it generated was then fed to electric traction motors connected to the axles in the train's front truck.

Union Pacific M-10000 City of Salina:

Built by Pullman-Standard, the City of Salina was powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) V12 distillate engine was from General Motors' Cleveland subsidiary, the Winton Engine Company. Designed by Martin P Blomberg (Pullman) and Harley Earl (GM) and delivered to the railroad on February 12, 1934, at a cost of $230,997, it was the first internal combustion engine, lightweight streamlined express passenger train in the United States.

Later version of the M-10000 train - diesel-powered M-1003-M-1006 City of Denver / City of Los Angeles streamliners:

Pullman built a five-unit train based on the M-10000 design for the Illinois Central railroad:

All passenger-carrying cars were air-conditioned, with radio communication between them. The train was painted in a two-tone green livery, "Cypress Green" on the nose and below the window sills with "Cedar Green" above, separated by an aluminum strip. Extensive aluminum trim was applied. The Green Diamond's nickname was the "Tobacco Worm," because of its green color.

(via paul.malon @ Flickr)

The trainset was withdrawn from service on Feb. 28, 1947, being replaced by a new Green Diamond, an E-unit-hauled streamliner with regular lightweight cars, and sold for scrap in 1950.

Another 'first' - City of San Francisco luxury train with a EMC E2 diesel locomotive which as a single unit developed 1,800 horsepower (1,300 kW). Typically operated as a unit set (A-unit - B-unit - B-unit), the three unit lashup developed 5400 horsepower.

Jointly owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the Southern Pacific Railroad, it made its first run in 1937.

(via paul.malon @ Flickr)

Important date: August 12, 1939, an act of sabotage sends the City of San Francisco flying off of a bridge in the Nevada desert; two dozen passengers and crew members are killed and many more injured, and five cars are destroyed.
Want more streamlined trains? Just tell me.

Images: paul.malon, Shook photos @ Flickr, Gateway Division NMRA

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Comment by lord_k on March 7, 2012 at 4:42am

Restored on March 7, 2012.

Comment by Larry on September 4, 2010 at 9:22pm
I agree 100%, Alan. America most certainly missed out.
Comment by AR Chambers on September 4, 2010 at 2:42pm
America missed out when we let our railroads decay.Thank you for sharing!
Comment by Baird Milam on September 4, 2010 at 1:20pm
Awesome. Plans may just be catching on and racing ahead in their development, along with the birth of the helicopter, trains are truly that which was at the heart of the American society. Big, powerful, noisy minions of industry moving goods and people just about anywhere they needed to be. Strong and phallic, the system by which America conquered a whole stretch of continent. Please, keep up the good work.
Comment by Larry on September 4, 2010 at 10:03am
Fantastic. Streamlined trains are beautiful.
Comment by lord_k on September 4, 2010 at 8:35am
The pleasure is all mine, Jacob.
Comment by Jacob Savage on September 4, 2010 at 8:32am
Another great post, I was just thinking of trying to build one of these for my Lego Dieselpunk collection, and these images will help a lot. thank you!

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