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Old 26-06-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Here's a clip of something that was called the Aerotrain being moved by crane. This was hailed as the train of tomorrow in all the books I used to check out of the local library as a kid. The truth was, that they were already out of service by then, having failed in many ways. Many ways except one; they were really cool looking. And you could definitely see this design in a Thunderbirds episode. Thus far, no one has picked up this design to use it in some sci fi show or movie, but how good it would look in a sleek 'futuristic' show or film! I saw her 25 years ago, all rusted and forlorn, but even then she looked great.
Anyway, I give you 'The Train of Tomorrow'!!

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Old 26-06-2010, 03:18 PM   #2
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Tim, thanks for posting. In the past the future looked so technologically promising...Space:1999, 2001:A Space Odyssey....
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Old 26-06-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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I have the ConCor miniature of this train, it's amazingly detailed for a tiny thing.
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Old 26-06-2010, 03:37 PM   #4
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... And you could definitely see this design in a Thunderbirds episode....
Yes, I agree.
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Old 26-06-2010, 03:42 PM   #5
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Interesting clip, a cool design for a train too, very sci-fi looking.
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Old 26-06-2010, 04:06 PM   #6
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The of course there is always the French 'Aerotrain' which was an experimental hovertrain which was tried before the French settled on their TGV system.

This link has pics and videos (in French language).

Another set of machines which would look at home in Thunderbirds and the like.
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Old 26-06-2010, 04:40 PM   #7
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...Another set of machines which would look at home in Thunderbirds and the like.
Great posting too. Thunderbirds caliber trains.
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Old 26-06-2010, 11:13 PM   #8
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And in the 1970's there was this one. Not quite as sexy but a cool design as well. I got to see the demonstrator for this one and later got a glimpse of them in action in Montreal.


Another cool design, that I doubt would fit into Thunderbirds is my all time favorite steam locomotive I got to see in action a good bit, and at one time was stationed only a mile from my house:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=325742&nseq=7

She was every bit as fast as she was beautiful. She now resides in her 2nd retirement in Roanoke, VA.
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The Aerotrains fancy suspension looks like what garages use to jack up cars with!
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Old 28-06-2010, 06:21 PM   #10
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anyone got any screengrabs of the monorail train from Joe90? it looks like the one in Tims vid.

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Old 29-06-2010, 02:29 AM   #11
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The Aerotrains fancy suspension looks like what garages use to jack up cars with!
Yeah, I think it may have been one of those ideas that really looked good on paper!
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anyone got any screengrabs of the monorail train from Joe90? it looks like the one in Tims vid.

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It is not a screengrab, however it is an illustration:

http://www.grahambleathman.co.uk/ima...onorailmed.jpg
http://www.grahambleathman.co.uk/cro...onslisting.htm
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And then there's Supertrain.

http://nbc_supertrain.tripod.com/





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Old 01-07-2010, 11:20 AM   #14
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I have never heard of it!
Is that possible?
I thought I'd at least aware of it's existence.......
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Here's a rendering I did about 9 years ago of a train I designed in an homage to Derek Meddings ( yes, it has ejector seats :

http://homepage.mac.com/alisdairjone...Supertrain.jpg
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Thats quite good y'know.
Like the blue.
I loved the blue he put on his models.
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I always liked the British rail Advanced passenger train APT, the prototype train from the late 60s early 70s looks very Derek Meddings, can see it at 1.min here, music is cool too


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Old 05-07-2010, 10:54 PM   #18
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the first part of that clip about the diesel Kestrel, I love the comment, shes fitted with an electronic brain thats 1968 for you

and the APT clip, look at that test equipment inside the train, thats like something out of Thunderbirds.

what a mad looking train, its got some overhang at the front!

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I love the guy hanging out of the Kestrel window smoking his pipe.
So cool!
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:19 AM   #20
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Here's a rendering I did about 9 years ago of a train I designed in an homage to Derek Meddings ( yes, it has ejector seats :

http://homepage.mac.com/alisdairjone...Supertrain.jpg
LOVE that!!!
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