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Serpent Mound Marker

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  • 4-86 View of marker and Amtrak station 4-86 View of marker and Amtrak station
  • 4-86 The intersection at the marker is north of the underpass and one block west of route 15 4-86 The intersection at the marker is north of the underpass and one block west of route 15
  • 4-86 The marker 4-86 The marker
  • 4-86 Tracks coming from Toledo to the east 4-86 Tracks coming from Toledo to the east
  • 4-86 The Underpass on Main Street (Marker location is at track level to the left.  Next Intersection to the north, take a left, then the 1st left. 4-86 The Underpass on Main Street (Marker location is at track level to the left. Next Intersection to the north, take a left, then the 1st left.
  • 4-86 Marker 4-18-09 4-86 Marker 4-18-09
Title, side A
Rail Speed Record
Text, side A
In 1966 the New York Central Railroad Company (A.E. Perlman, President) proposed a test of existing rail passenger equipment to determine the feasibility of operating high-speed passenger service between cities up to 300 miles apart. The site chosen for the test was near Bryan, Ohio on the longest multiple track straight railroad line in the world. This sixty-seven mile straight trackage from Toledo, Ohio to Butler, Indiana was originally constructed by the Northern Indiana Railroad Company of Ohio incorporated March 3, 1851. On July 23, 1966 the New York Central Technical Research Department ran their Budd RDC-3 passenger car number M-497 fully instrumented for stress analysis, and propelled by two roof-mounted jet aircraft engines. The speed of 183.85 miles per hour was attained, the highest recorded on a railroad in North America at that time and to this day.
Location
Underpass of Main Street (Ohio Rt 15) at Norfolk Southern Railroad
Coordinates
Latitude: 41.480400, Longitude: -84.551900.
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