The GM Aerotrain from the mid-50's
Look! There just ahead!! It's a bird, it's a train - it's Aerotrain! Built by GM to "save the industry" in 1955, the train was lightweight and streamlined utilizing a set of modified GM Truck &... (more)
The eastbound Aerotrain makes a stop at Altoona. Note the PRR keystone is not on the pilot. Also that there were really no platforms in Altoona just walkways flush with the tracks. My good frie... (more)
The ill-fated Aerotrain crosses the Rockville bridge in what is believed to be early 1956, enroute to Pittsburgh, PA.
The ill-fated Aerotrain leaves the station enroute to Pittsburgh, The train began running on the PRR in February, 1956 and continued for nine months.
"Built to save the business", the EMD Aerotrain came to be in 1955. Inspired by the style of the day and the buses of the GM division, the train even was complete with Chevy Nomad tail fins on th... (more)
Rock Island Aerotrain 3 sits near the future new entrance to the Museum of Transportation.
An EMD intercity failure ends its days at age 10 downgraded to commuter service, not a good application of a train with few and narrow doors. There are actually three additional RI trains in the d... (more)
Rock Island's example of GM's Aerotrain rests on display at NTM St Louis
Rock Island #3, one of only 3 Aerotrain sets built, sits on display at the Museum of Transportation
General Motors Aerotrain on display at Musuem of Transportation
General Motors built the experimental "Aerotrain" in 1955, using bus bodies on railroad wheels as its coaches. After being tested by three different railroads in actual passenger service it was ... (more)