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Engineer Don Wetzel always loved trains, ever since his dad took him on trips to Ohio trainyards when he was a kid during the Depression. After joining the Marines, he spent some time as a military pilot, and became familiar with jet engines. In July, 1966, Wetzel combined these interests, leading a team that strapped two GE J47-19 jet engines onto the top of a modified railcar--and let rip.
originally posted by: nighthawk1954
Wetzel said in the video below that he would have pushed the train even faster had he known his exact speed, and "sure as hell" would have beat the land speed record at the time, which was 202 mph.
originally posted by: Arbitrageur
So, he took the trouble to strap a couple of jet engines to the train, which sounds pretty hard, but he didn't install something that would tell him how fast he was going, which doesn't sound that hard?