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Bryan in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rail Speed Record

 
 
Rail Speed Record Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 2, 2007
1. Rail Speed Record Marker
Inscription. In 1966 the New York Central railroad Company (A.E. Perlman, President) proposed a test of existing rail passenger equipment to determine the feasibility of operating high-speed passenger service between cities up to 300 miles apart. The site chosen for the test was near Bryan, Ohio on the longest multiple track straight railroad line in the world. This sixty-seven mile straight trackage from Toledo, Ohio to Butler, Indiana was originally constructed by the Northern Indiana Railroad Company of Ohio incorporated March 3, 1851. On July 23, 1966 the New York Central Technical research Department ran the Budd RDC-3 passenger car number M-497 fully instrumented for stress analysis, and propelled by two roof-mounted jet aircraft engines. The speed of 183.85 miles per hour was attained, the highest recorded on a railroad in North America at that time and to this day.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, New York Central System Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-86.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 28.821′ N, 84° 33.162′ W. Marker
Tracks to the east image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 2, 2007
2. Tracks to the east
This view is east across the bridge over Main Street. This was once a level crossing before the bridge was put in place. Then, the town station was easily accessible from town. This is also the direction of Toledo, from which the test train entered town.
is in Bryan, Ohio, in Williams County. Marker is on Paige Street near North Lynn Street. Click for map. From town, take Main Street north and under the railroad bridge. The next left (west side) is West Bement Street. Turn west. The first left is Lynn. Go to the end. The marker is next to the Amtrak Station. Marker is in this post office area: Bryan OH 43506, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bryan's Air Mail Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richard E. Schreder (approx. 2.4 miles away); Casimir Pulaski (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stryker (approx. 6.8 miles away); Stryker's Railroad Heritage (approx. 7.2 miles away); Stryker Depot (approx. 7.2 miles away); Paul Allman Siple (approx. 7.7 miles away); Evansport (approx. 9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bryan.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable EventsRailroads & Streetcars
 
Rail Speed Record Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 2, 2007
3. Rail Speed Record Marker
The old Bryan railroad station (across the tracks) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 2, 2007
4. The old Bryan railroad station (across the tracks)
Main line heading west image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 2, 2007
5. Main line heading west
On the test day, the train would have disappeared into the distance down these rails.
The Amtrak Station image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 2, 2007
6. The Amtrak Station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,231 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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