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C4D Aerotrain by cravingfordesign C4D Aerotrain by cravingfordesign
General Motors built this experimental " Aerotrain" in 1955, using bus bodies on railroad wheels as its coaches. After being tested by three different railroads in actual passenger service it was a failure, despite its striking styling.

I guess GM tried, I love the art deco style of this train, just amazing to look at :)
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SRRNo72 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
The whole reason it was a failure is that the bus bodied car shook like a ragdoll
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! Your outstanding work has been featured in Shenanigan's Awesome Railroad Feature 4! :)
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halftrain Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool. Great shot!
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veroaero Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005
thats a wonderful train. I like the desing but understand that maybe it wasn't the best one... :)
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vpc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004
That is definitely a beautiful train. Love the pic too.
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theandymancan Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
Your pics make me wish I did psychodelic drugs :) ... I bet I'd have some amazing journeys.
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
:lol: My work promotes drugs, how cool!

Thanks alot!
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thrill00 Featured By Owner May 12, 2004
haha, I'm lovin it! I love the classic feel of the 50's design. Always makes for terrific images.
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patrx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2004
That is one neat looking engine....a design ahead of its time, though I think the 'nose' seems to extend a bit far from the engineer's cab.. It sure looks aerodynamic...:D

Smile!! It keeps everyone wondering what you've been up to!
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2004
Thanks for the comment!

Its a very neat machine to see in person, very art deco and just has that eye catching design
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patrx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2004
Used to love watching the trains in the 'yard' growing up. My one grandfather and his father-in-law, my great-grandfather, were conductors and a number of my great uncles were also railroad people...one even worked on the railroad in the Panama Canal construction as well as was a conductor in the building of the Trans-Siberian railroad. :D
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2004
Trans-Siberian railroad! Wow, that had to be a experince :)
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:iconpatrx:
patrx Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2004
I remember my dad mentioning that his uncle almost got killed in Moscow on a layover when a Russian pulled a knife on him and demanded his socks... He decided that was enough for him and came back to the states..:D The building of the Trans-Siberian railroad makes for some interesting reading. One of my sisters has his steamer trunk with the railroad markings on it as well as stickers from Nagasaki in Japan and an Astoria Hotel in TsienTsien, China. I think the railroad linked there in TsienTsien at that time. Even the US military was involved in the building of the railroad. Not much is really mentioned in the history books about it. :D
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2004
Wow, thats something to be proud of!
Im history freak, so I love when people share stories like this with me :)
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patrx Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2004
Check out listings for "John Stevens" in railroad history...he was involved in most of the RR construction of the NP, CN, and more. There is some interesting histories about him on the 'net. They said my g-grandfather McDonald started working for the Canadian RR back in the late 1860's on the Grand Trunk section I think but he was with the Canadian Pacific when he took work with the Northern Pacific in 1892 as a conductor. A brother of his was killed up in Edmonton by a freak accident when a train bumped his section of the train while he was on the back steps of his caboose knocking him off the step onto the rail where he was then run over. I have a copy of the story that I got from one of the distant relatives. Interesting reading. I'm still looking for a copy of g-grandpa's obit.
It seems the older I get the more interesting history becomes. :D
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DiomedesII Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2004   Photographer
mark,

i'm so jealous! i would love to photograph that hunk of metal. good job. i was wondering, where exactly is it? near st. louis? (oh yeah, i really enjoy C4D Cold Rotation also)

have a good day.

-matt
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2004
Thanks alot for the kind comment!

I took the photo at the St. Louis Transportation Museam, a very cool place if you like old trains, they have tons of them! Check it out if your ever in St. Louis
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keppu1234 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004
Nice shot
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Lucibel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2004
Very very good !!! :+fav:
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buildingclimber Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003
I love deco and I love trains.. excellent pic :+fav:
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
thats just really cool...

not only am i an railroad fanatic, its just really cool. I love the sixties designs on the streamliners...

+fav! awesome shot!
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audioaltima Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2003   Photographer
Whoa! Now that's retro to the extreme! Great perspective on this shot... shows very well the grandness of the machine here.

My only complaint might be the loss of detail in the lower left corner where the black of the background merges with the black of the train... if that makes sense, lol :)

Great Job!
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2003
Thanks alot my friend!
I agree with the lower left corner with it underexposed, I was hoping no one would notice :)
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drazhar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2003   Interface Designer
very sharp image.. you could totally inplement this into a retro poster of sorts
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JohnMcPherson Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful composition. i love this shot. and thanks for the history lesson, too. nothing wrong with sharing a little bit of the background of a photo, especially when submitting into the retro section.
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littlep0serb0y Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2003
I love it! :+fav:
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cybrghst Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2003
This is that one you were telling me the other night, fantastic shot, great angle you choose to shoot this. I love this, the deco style is simply awesome. Man i have to take junior and myself here....Great shot Mark, definate fav!!!!

**side note, this would be so damn cool with some smoke or fog at the end, like it was coming out. :lol:
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skin- Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2003   Photographer
nice pic :P
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KylieKeene Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003  Professional Photographer
It looks very slick, and pretty beefy. Nice shot!
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mattdanna Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome job Mark! That's Print material! I love the black and white. I really like the angle and lighting. Truely Fantastic!

PS: Could I buy some prints of your pictures if you made them prints? Or are they just available for that gallery?
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
Thanks alot Matt :)
This train is one my favorites, just imagine rolling around in the mountains with this nice machine :)

I do my own prints here in town, just email me the titles of the ones you like and your address
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balinlesavage Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003  Professional Writer
I agree, you composition and framing bring out the style quite well too. nice work
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nordynz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003  Professional Photographer
Awesome photo, the train looks like its bearing down on you at a great rate of knots due to the smooth lines and stuff. The black and white makes it look like it was taken when the train was brand new. Well done!
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morfeu Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Never saw such thing, what a freakin odd train, eheh, suberb angle, nice photo idd..
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g3ri Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
this pic is really "old school" and i'm fuckin love it :!: :!:
the sharpness, the angle, the lights..... awesome!!!
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simolean14 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
I love it - its so retro - awesome work!
instant :+fav:
I love the fact you did it in black and white
awesome work!
-SImo
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cravingfordesign Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
Thanks alot my friend!
I love trains, and this one is a very rare example, has a great style to it, something you dont see anymore

Thanks for the fav :)
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simolean14 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
I'm a huge fan myself, i never saw this model and didn't know GM made trains - great capture and welcome on the fav!
Trains are so great - you captured this one great!
-SImo
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jadedbutterfly Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003   Photographer
The perspective is wicked.

That's a great looking train
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diversen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
brilliant shot man!!! i agree!!! it's an amazing piece!!!
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Fire-Fenix Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
That train is very beautiful! Too bad it didn't work out!
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thirdhandsaucer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003   Traditional Artist
i really love that. looks like it's moving. great work.
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stayorgo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003   Photographer
Art Deco is great, love the style and the shot, very well done!
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lyn-gordon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
That´s MADD cool. Huh, guess I have sort of a fetish for Art Deco :P but that is a cool train. Reminds me of the game Grim Fandango...

The picture is very good, and it captures the dynamic feel of the train. I wish you had a little bit more air on top of it, to give it some space to " drive into," if you understand... I love B/W, it fits well with it...
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suzums Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003   Photographer
i really like the perspective you shot this at!... the clarity is amazing! a very good b&w....the contrasts are very nice! :clap:
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akyra Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2003
I love that oldskool futuristic look. the high-reflect aluminum, the smooth curves.

I'd kinda like to see more of the train though, if possible. give it more a sense of motion.

:D
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incrt-photo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2003
Really cool train you've got there :)
Nice perspective and b/w fits perfectly.
Never seen a such train like that.. :D
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31uc1d Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2003
that styly is pretty cool :)
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31uc1d Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2003
that style is pretty cool:)
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jimgun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2003  Professional General Artist
Ahh, reminds me of the old 40's art deco posters. Especially the work of Leslie Ragan. It's cool...
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