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Old 01-17-2018, 10:42 AM   #401
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:47 PM   #402
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That is cool, looks like an old aircraft nose.
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Great picture. Built when machines were made to look good in addition to being functional.

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Under test conditions, the Class J locomotive propelled a 15-car, 1015-ton passenger train at 110 miles per hour on level tangent track. Performance in regular service was equally impressive, with speeds on straight sections of track reported to approach 100 miles per hour.
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Great picture. Built when machines were made to look good in addition to being functional.
I am not a train expert but just spitballing the vintage of the locomotive I wonder if it was for aerodynamics or to mimic the "futuristic" look of aircraft that were probably starting to hurt train travel. Or both.
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That model was built between 1941 and 1950. The streamlining was primarily on large passenger locomotives, the ones used on long trips. It was done for better aerodynamics and style.

The trains these engines pulled had fancy names, also. That engine would have run routes called "Powhatan Arrow, Cavalier, and Pocahontas." It was customary for railroads to name their big routes. Other railroads used names like "Arrowhead, Asa Packer, Broadway Limited, Empire Builder, Twentieth Century Limited, etc."
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That model was built between 1941 and 1950. The streamlining was primarily on large passenger locomotives, the ones used on long trips. It was done for better aerodynamics and style.
It must have been a popular thing to do then. Pretty much all the tractor manufacturers "streamlined" in 1939.

Air travel was by no means taking off yet. I figured it would have been in the 50's.
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