Trivia/Off Topic -  Would you belive thisis a locomotive? (89 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-13 5:10 PM 
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Yes, what  you are about to see is a wierd locomotive, it still exists, in museum.

This Lead-Lined Locomotive Hauled Experimental Nuclear Reactors

This creepy-looking locomotive played a role in the Air Force’s experiments with nuclear-powered planes.

The locomotive's engine, which doesn't appear to have had an official name, was constructed in June of 1954, according to an Idaho Magazine story written by Thornton Waite, a railroad historian and former employee of the INL. It reportedly measured in at only 45 feet long, but weighed the better part of 215 tons; that's about the weight of an EMD SD70 freight locomotive but at less than two-thirds the length. According to Waite, much of the added mass came from the thick radiation shielding surrounding its cab, taking the form of an elongated, semicircular enclosure made largely of lead and partially filled with water. Leaded glass viewports on either end—four feet thick and filled with oil per a Reddit post—gave a modicum of visibility to its operators, who entered and exited via a hatch in the floor, allowing them to climb down into tunnels to avoid radiation emitted by tests conducted above.

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From: WALTER784 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-14 1:28 AM 
To: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 3) 
 362.2 in reply to 362.1 

Wow... that's cool... never even heard of that one before.




From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-14 5:00 AM 
To: WALTER784 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 3) 
 362.3 in reply to 362.2 

I never did either, it's wild!


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