Transport: Rail Revolution

One day 70 years ago a Roxbury, Mass, clergyman had a large idea far removed from his pulpit. Coaching Harvard's crew for its first race with Yale had taught Rev. Samuel Calthrop how smoothly a racing shell slips through water. He knew that the chief resistance to a railway train at high speed was the atmosphere. Rev. Calthrop took pencil & paper, invented an "Air-Resisting Train" that was a perfect conception of aerodynamic streamlining. That was in 1865, and the "Air-Resisting Train" never got any further than the U. S. Patent Office. Like...

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