why did trains and locomotives started looking modern right after the second world war and the nazi holocaust ?
the first japanese bullet train came out only 20 years after the nazi holocaust
- JosephLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
In Europe and Japan, with most of their rolling stock destroyed, the national railway companies had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize, including building high speed rail networks.
By the 1930s the steam locomotive development worldwide had reached a dead end. You could make a boiler bigger, but it had gotten so long that, even with an articulated frame, it could not fit into the curves. You could make the driving wheel larger, but then you had to worry about vertical clearance in the tunnels and under the bridges. You could increase the grate area, but there was only so much coal a fireman could shovel into the firebox. And then, you had to stop every 20 to 40 miles to refill the water tank because the steam locomotives used water in prodigious amounts. During World War 2 Southern Pacific Railroad was using half of its capacity to just haul water to the desert stations to keep the trains moving.In 1939, on the eve of World War 2, GM's Electromotive Corporation introduced the FT Diesel Electric locomotive. At 1,350 horsepower, it wasn't the most powerful locomotive, but you could string as many of those as required, and still need only one crew to run the whole thing. As a bonus, the FT could pull a train for hundreds of miles without stopping for water. The exterior of the FT, as well as ALCO, Baldwin and EMD cab units introduced after the war, was greatly influenced by the Art Deco style popular in the 1930s giving them sleek, aerodynamic look.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Because the Luftwaffe, RAF and USAAF had done a reasonable job of making the previous fleet obsolete.
- xyzzyLv 72 months ago
Actually locomotives began looking "modern" in the early 1930s.Think about it at the end of WWII a really big airplane was the Lockheed Constellation that could carry 95 passengers at 377 mph 30 years later a Boeing 707 could carry 219 people at 607 mph. Did that also have something to do what the holocaust?
- Dj2541Lv 72 months ago
I fail to see any connection between modern Train design and the Holocaust. I can see that engineering made huge leaps in concepts of Aerodynamics and these ideas were applied to all sorts of new designs, everything from Aeroplanes to Cars and Trains.