Rail Speed Record

Rail Speed Record (HM385)

Location: Bryan, OH 43506 Williams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 28.821', W 84° 33.162'

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In 1966 the New York Central railroad Company (A.E. Perlman, President) proposed a test of existing rail passenger equipment to determine the feasibility of operating high-speed passenger service between cities up to 300 miles apart. The site chosen for the test was near Bryan, Ohio on the longest multiple track straight railroad line in the world. This sixty-seven mile straight trackage from Toledo, Ohio to Butler, Indiana was originally constructed by the Northern Indiana Railroad Company of Ohio incorporated March 3, 1851. On July 23, 1966 the New York Central Technical research Department ran the Budd RDC-3 passenger car number M-497 fully instrumented for stress analysis, and propelled by two roof-mounted jet aircraft engines. The speed of 183.85 miles per hour was attained, the highest recorded on a railroad in North America at that time and to this day.
HM NumberHM385
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number4-86
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, New York Central System Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 704327 N 4594974
Decimal Degrees41.48035000, -84.55270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 28.821', W 84° 33.162'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 28' 49.26" N, 84° 33' 9.72" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 Co Rd D50, Bryan OH 43506, US
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