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The Schienenzeppelin in Berlin, 1931 (Colorized)

Original Photograph by George Pahl | Colorized by Jecini In this colorized photo by Jecini, we see the Schienenzeppelin in Berlin in June of 1931. A train on the way to Hamburg passes the newly arrived ‘rail zeppelin’ at Spandau main station. The Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin was an experimental railcar which resembled a Zeppelin airship in appearance. It was designed and developed by the German aircraft engineer Franz Kruckenberg in 1929. Propulsion was by means of a pusher propeller located at the rear: it accelerated the railcar to 230.2…

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A Train Carrying Corn Spilled All Over the Track and Made a Golden Road

A railway car carrying corn spilled its contents over a stretch of approximately 2,000 ft in Crystal, Minnesota. The corn spilled from a train on the Canadian Pacific line and it has been estimated that roughly 900 bushels of grain spilled. A photo by Mike Parker was shared on Twitter where it quickly went viral, drawing comparisons to the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz. Photograph by Mike Parker As the image spread, people were immediately skeptical. The corn spilled too smoothly and perfectly; where were the animals?…

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Just a 1920s Steam Engine Doing a Casual 55 MPH on the Highway

Built in 1927, the Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive is seen here doing a casual 55 MPH on the highway between Los Angeles and San Bernardino on April 12, 2014. The sight and sound of a steam-powered locomotive is awesome, especially in contrast to the other vehicles on the highway! The video was captured by YouTuber TrainTrackTrav who was kind enough to answer a few interesting questions in the comments: 1: Is the Metrolink diesel pushing the steam locomotive? No, the diesel is there to provide electrical power for the…

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