A Rail Zeppelin

A Rail Zeppelin And A Steam Train Near The Railway Platform. Berlin, Germany, 1931

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Very cool! I love the streamlined art deco aesthetic in general, and this is a spetacular example!

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The Poles had something similar, but not as smooth:

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@golikell it looks like someone has stretched a British land rover to make it fit the tracks lol

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With a more streamlined nose :wink:

It was nicknamed the Luxtorpeda, and was based on the Austrian VT63:

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Whoa, Nelli! Never heard of that. Quick search brings up many photos and even at least one video on YouTube. And also that Marklin makes a modelof it:

Here’s an X-ray of it :grin:

Okay, at least two videos - one of an O scale Rail Zeppelin running on an outdoors layout!

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Randy, your post got me looking at Rail Zeppelin, and that usually leads to other finds, like a short history of early streamlined trains. And this…er, ah…design, Spain’s Talgo I.

Smile!

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Talgo I is also found on a Spanish modeling site that translated well online. The site owner has some impressive model locos, he seems to like American monstrosities, like the ATSF and N&W 2-10-10-2, and the Erie TRIPLEX Locomotive, a 2-8-8-8-2

[https://trenes-renvera.blogspot.com/](https://Taller Renvera Railroad to Scale)

HARV, great topic thread. It’s bringing out historically innovative designs.

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Absolutely!

Thank you for the comments and information everyone. I am glad everyone is interested by this. I thought it was quite interesting. Here are a few videos of the Rail Zeppelin.

Here are some about the Luxtorpeda.

And, the Talgo I

Thanks again everyone.

Randy :slight_smile:

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That Talgo I - gotta wonder if the industrial designer designed it on a dare!

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These designs make te BR01 streamlined engine look like it is made of tupperware in comparison…

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There is always the M-497 “Black Beetle” Turbojet Train as well.

:thinking:

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It looks like something straight from one of the Fallout games!!! :open_mouth:

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