Transport: 400

Faster than Twentieth Century (54.1 m.p.h.), faster than the Broadway Limited (51.2 m.p.h.), faster than the Burlington's famed Zephyr (49.5 m.p.h.) was the train that Chicago & North Western Ry, sent over the rails between Chicago and Minneapolis last week. Called The 400 because it covers 400 miles in 400 minutes, North Western's new train made railroad history by being the fastest train scheduled on the American Continent, fastest in all the world on a stretch over 200 mi. But what made The 400 really significant news was that it was neither lightweight nor streamlined, powered by neither a Diesel nor...

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