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It has been over 40 years since the TurboTrain first rocketed to its record-breaking speeds and touched the hearts of a new generation of rail and transportation enthusiasts. Part train, part jet aircraft, the TurboTrain was the latest in ground transport innovation. But the Turbo's promise of a new era of passenger travel sadly went unfulfilled. A gas turbine powered train introduced at a time of unprecedented hostility towards passenger train travel and unprecedented high fuel prices had little chance.
Despite its obstacles, the TurboTrain was a success with the travelling public and, by the time the last trains were retired in 1982, Turbo was running at over 98 percent efficiency. This made it one of the most reliable passenger trains in North America. TurboTrain: A Journey is the first book ever to tell the story of the TurboTrain through history, stories and over 200 photographs (most in color), the majority of which have never been published before.
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Jason Shron has been obsessed with the United Aircraft TurboTrain since he was two years old. After spending a decade working towards a career in art history, Jason came to the abrupt conclusion that such a career path was not likely to increase the number of TurboTrains in the world. So he abandoned his PhD, returned home to Toronto, and started Rapido Trains Inc., a company that manufactures -- among other things -- a working scale model of the Turbo.
Jason could pretend he is a well-rounded individual by listing his other interests and hobbies, but who would he be kidding? He is a train-obsessed nut case. Jason lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada with his wife, children, some Daleks, and a basement full of bits of old VIA trains.
"With several never-before-published photos, the book is a fitting tribute to a train technology ahead of its time that ultimately fell victim to an industry that was behind it." --Trains Magazine, June 2008
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