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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Have You Ever Seen a Schienenzepplin?
Since today we feel like focusing on the transportation of yesteryear, we needed to post about the above. This "rail zeppelin" from 1930 could have profoundly changed transportation if it weren't for that huge unprotected propeller on its rear.Built by the German rail company Deutsche Reichsbahn, the Schienenzeppelin was powered by a 46-liter MBW V-12 engine, allowing the train to jet along at 120 miles per hour (max 140 mph) with 600 horsepower via its ash propeller. It's design is very indicative of the period, when form followed function. More pics after the jump.