The first book ever to tell the story of the TurboTrain through history, stories and photographs, the majority of which have never been published before. AVAILABLE NOW!
TURBOTRAIN: A JOURNEY by Jason Shron
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 railfans. 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 traveling 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 photographs, the majority of which have never been published before.
TurboTrain: A Journey
Catalog Number: 102008
List Price: $24.95
136 Pages, Full Color!
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Here is what Trains Magazine had to say about the book:
"Author Jason Schron's (sic) book isn't intended to be a definitive history of the Turbo. Rather, it's a tribute to the innovative trainsets' engineering and service. He paints a pragmatic picture of a technology that, in Canada, suffered numerous teething problems and near-death, only to rebound as a reliable and popular means of transportation..."
"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 behind it." (emphasis added)
And here is what Railroad Model Craftsman magazine had to say:
"In TurboTrain: A Journey, author Jason Shron....offers a look at the experimental train's development and history. With over 200 photos and illustrations (almost all in color) spread across its 136 pages, this book is not meant to be a scholarly, technical dissertation on the train. That is not to say, however, that it is not informative. It is. TurboTrain: A Journey is a well written, concise account of what has proven to be one of North America's last attempts to develop a non-electrified, high-speed passenger train designed for medium distance runs. Readers are taken on a ride that stretches from the first idea and design of the train, up through the final run and their ultimate scrapping."
"Shron covers the problems that beset the two programs - some mechanical, some political - but also points out the high efficiency rating that the CN Turbo ultimately achieved, making it the most reliable passenger train in North America." (emphasis added)