Titan Steam Hovertrain - by Sickbrush (Cristian Chihaia)

“This is a “slightly” modified steam train!
I used ZBrush for kitbashing 3D elements, Keyshot to render and Photoshop to paint!
*Check [here] for progress shots!*
As always, a huge thanks to everyone making their bash sets available”


“PLANE LOCO” - Steampunk flying locomotive model contains over 1,000,000 matchsticks, 190L of glue, and approximately 3000 hours to construct by Pat Acton . 

It measures over 6M long and 2.75M high, with a wing span of 3.95M

The steampunk model is Pat’s own design, based loosely a 2-6-0 steam locomotive from the early 1900s and Leonardo da Vinci’s wing design from the 1500s.

 It will remain on display at Matchstick Marvels until the end of July before delivery to Ripley’s Believe It or Not for placement in one of the their worldwide museums. It is the largest matchstick creation Acton has made.

Via Nothersunprint / The Walkin Tourists 

Wow, that is beautiful… and notice the “white wall” wheels

Found on 


David emailed me the following:

In the 1930s, the railroads introduced Streamlined Passenger trains to bring excitement and to lure passengers to back the rails, as the recent lowering of the prices of cars (Model T etc) had discouraged spending money on riding trains when a used car was quite affordable.

Other railroad companies (like the Burlington Route did with its Zephyrs,

 the Union Pacific did with its “City” streamliner trains,

 the Illinios Central’s did with its Green Diamond trains,

and the Baltimore  and Ohio did with its Royal Blue/Abraham Lincoln trains )

spent “big money" purchasing a new diesel locomotive and streamlined train sets during the depression, the frugal New York Central turned to Henry Dreyfuss, an industrial designer, for its “clean lined” design.

( His contemporaries were John Fredrick Harbeson of GM’s Electro-Motive Diesel division, Otto Kuhler, Raymond Loewy and Brooks Stevens - the last two designed for Studebaker)

Loewy train design: 


Stevens designed the Olympain Hiawatha observation cars: 


the GM Electro motive Aerotrain: 


The locomotive shops in Albany, NY upgraded the spoke-type driving wheels with disc-type driving wheels (for better balance for higher rotational speed), roller bearings, and were given "White walls” and centers to contrast with the I-beam connecting rods.

 The wheels and rods were illuminated at night to “add visual excitement” for the introduction of the new 1936 trains. Passenger cars were rebuilt from 1920s commuter coaches and upgraded to beautiful matched Streamlined passenger cars by the railroad’s Indianapolis Car shops.

 Running between (appropriately) Detroit, MI and Cleveland, OH, via Toledo, OH, the train was scheduled at 165 miles in 165 minutes westbound for Detroit and 170 minutes Eastbound, (including stops).

 More details are available in the book The Art of the Streamliner,


  by Bob Johnson and Joe Welsh, with Mike Schafer

-from justacarguy.blogspot.com


To celebrate the release of GE’s Evolution Series Tier 4 Locomotive, we invited Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Vincent LaForet along to the testing facility. Here’s a bird’s-eye view of the Tier 4 as it rides along the Transit Test Track at the Transportation Technology Center. The aerial photos were shot as LaForet harnessed himself to a helicopter 7,200 feet in the air. Read more about GE’s groundbreaking locomotive technology at GE Reports.