|Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific #3 “Aerotrain” Diesel engine and two passenger cars|
|The Aerotrain was a high-concept passenger train manufactured by the General Motors Electro-Motive Division. With its sleek and futuristic appearance, this mid-century modern train was built to appeal to commuters at a time when cars were increasingly replacing passenger train service. GM produced two demonstrator sets which they shopped around to several railroads. While they were tested by the New York Central, Pennsylvania, and Union Pacific Railroads, no additional trains were ordered. Testing revealed that the trains rode poorly at high speeds and the passenger cars, which were little more than widened bus bodies, felt uncomfortable and cramped. The Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad purchased the demonstrator sets in 1958 for passenger service between Chicago and Joliet, Illinois where they lasted for less than a decade. |
The #3 is exhibited at the Museum with two of its ten original passenger cars. As the Aerotrain has endured the outdoor elements for decades, a cosmetic restoration is currently in progress.
|With funding provided by The Tom E. Dailey Foundation, Bluewater Michigan Chapter of the NRHS, and The National Railway Historical Society, TNMOT volunteers are diligently working to restore the Aerotrain. |
Did you know…the silver paint needed for this restoration project costs $300 per gallon? We are grateful to our donors who made this project possible. And, of course, we thank our dedicated volunteers.