Transport: Air-Resisting Trains

One day in 1865, Rev. Samuel Calthrop, a Roxbury, Mass, clergyman who found charm in other things besides divine philosophy, thought back to the time when he had trained Harvard's crew for its first race with Yale. Pondering on the smoothness with which the racing shell had slipped through the water, and knowing that railroad engines often use more power to overcome atmospheric resistance than to pull cars, Rev. Mr. Calthrop sat down with pencil & paper, sketched an "Air-Resisting Train" which anticipated by almost 70 years the modern streamliner.

Samuel Calthrop, born too...

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