Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2008 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • A modern diesel-electric locomotive can move one ton of freight an average of 202 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. A modern 18 wheeler truck can only move a ton of freight 50 miles on the same gallon.

    • In 1896 40,000 spectators watched two unmanned steam locomotive crash head on during a publicity stunt in central Texas. Flying debris from the impact killed three spectators and injured six more. It was the last publicity stunt of its kind.

    • Since the Panama Canal opened in 1914, locomotives have guided more than 900,000 ships though the locks. The one day record was set on February 29th, 1968 when 65 sups made the passage.

    • It takes the underground locomotive in the Bailey Mine approximately one hour to haul supplies and workers the ten miles between the entrance of the mine and the working section of the mine.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: They're the power that delivers the goods and the speed that pushes physics. They connect oceans and move men deep below the Earth's surface, they're crafted for safety and built to last. Powered by diesel, electricity or steam, they come in all shapes and sizes, some even ride on air. Now the untold story of Locomotive, on Modern Marvels.

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