LIONEL 6-38401 New York Central Jet-Powered Budd RDC #M-497. Dubbed the Black Beetle, the M-497 jet-powered rail car was a unique experiment in American railroad history. In the mid 1960s, the U. Of Commerce began to seriously study high speed rail as a viable method of commuter transportation in the Northeast.New York Central Railroad at the time was also interested in replacing its traditional long-distance passenger service with modern 200-mph high speed routes. The front of the car was modified, too, with a dramatic streamlined nose painted black. In July of 1966, M-497 tests were conducted on New York Centrals longest stretch of straight track.
The results were amazing with the Black Beetle hitting a new American rail speed record of 183 miles per hour. Experiments continued over the week and allegedly the jet rail car reached even faster speeds.
The jet engines, too, were reused, finding new life in New York Centrals jet snowblower cars. Lionel now offers the NYC M-497 Jet Powered Rail Car, complete with streamlined cowl on the front end and the eye-catching jet engine pod on the roof, the new jet-powered rail car is a strikingly unique car to add to your layout. This rail car comes equipped with a Pullmor motor, headlight, and interior lighting.
Youll also hear the roar of jet engine sounds and red hot illumination from the back of the jets. Transformer controlled forward, neutral, and reverse operation. Electronic e-unit with direction lock. Simulated jet engine mounted on roof with illumination.Lionel Signature Edition Volume One 2010. The item "LIONEL 6-38401 New York Central Jet-Powered Budd RDC #M-497 SEALED RARE 2010" is in sale since Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\O Scale\Locomotives". The seller is "choochoo0120" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.