In the 1960s, railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his colleagues with the now defunct New York Central Railroad decided to build a high-speed train with jet engines they salvaged from an Air Force bomber. They attached the GE J-47-19 engines to the roof of a stock commuter car and dubbed the train the M-497. On July 23, 1966, they set a rail speed record that still stands. GE Reports talked to Wetzel recently about the project.
LEGO virtuoso Aleksander Stein recreated the vehicle with the toy bricks, and we have set it in motion.