The story of the Soviet turbojet trains began in the 1960s when engineers of the Communist empire started experimenting with jet-propelled trains. Soviet constructors were driven by the task to overshadow the product of their American counterparts, the M497 Black Beetle.
The ”red” jet train could reach 155 mph (250kph) on the tracks. Soviets planned to operate the ”Russian troika” express but the plan eventually failed in the early 1970s because of the incredibly high fuel costs.
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