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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by HoosierDaddy, Jan 26, 2016.
What a behemoth!
The Jack Conrad Band bus, built for and featured in the 1935 film Stolen Harmony. The streamlined 36-passenger vehicle was driven by a pilot in the "crow's nest" jutting out over the front bumper, and featured a mighty tail fin above its rear observation deck.
Looks like a steel sausage.
Reminds me of Little Johnny Jet's dad.
1937 Kenworth Bus.
1950s, but still...
Knowing Purina, they were probably marketing Astronaut Chow.
Interesting history of the Texaco tankers.
I'd really like an opportunity to drive one of those down the road a few miles. "Why, yes, I've driven a Texaco Tanker before."
The cars are gorgeous, the train is gorgeous... If they only made 'em like that today.
Built by German engineer Hans Schlör von Westhofen Dirmstein in 1939 to resemble the shape of an airplane wing.
1939 aerodynamics versus 2020 aerodynamics:
Reminds me of this for some reason ... Bierock.
In the UK, one of the train companies came up with cowling to streamline the engine. The result is aesthetically pleasing, but one of our engine designers, one Nigel Gresley went one stage further and produced an art deco streamlined engine, one of which, named Mallard, hold the world record of 126mph, to this day.
Mallard is of a design known as: "A4 Pacific." There is an A4 Pacific in the US. Number 4496 Dwight D. Eisenhower, originally the Golden Shuttle, subsequently named after the U.S. general in WWII. Donated to the U.S. by the U.K., the train is now on display in a railway museum outside of Madison, WI.
Frisco No. 1026 4-6-2 Pacific ("The Firefly") built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1910 she would be rebuilt in 1940 at the Frisco West Shops in Springfield, Missouri.
She is parked next to the shops and has yet to receive her red letters and pen-stripping.
Is it that streamlining the locomotives isn’t all that aerodynamically effective until that babe hits a certain rate of speed?
I ask because the freight locomotives don’t appear to make anywhere near the nod to aerodynamics as those high-speed passenger train locomotives found in Europe and Asia.
You are 100% correct. Drag (and power required) goes up VERY non-linearly with speed.
However, even if you aren't going all that fast a good portion of the time, having that streamlined look makes it look fast, even sitting still.