While the Union Pacific M-10000 and Burlington Zephyr were zipping around on Western Rails in 1934 and attracting huge attention from the public, the New Haven was quietly building a similar train - the Comet - for use on the East Coast, on it's trackage between Boston and Providence.
The Comet owes much to airship design, as it was designed and built by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, a consortium of the US Goodyear Corp. and the German Zeppelin Airship company, with funds supplied by the U.S. Government via the depression Era 'Works Progress Administration.'
The Comet, which made its debut in 1935, was a light diesel-electric streamlined train with an engine at either extremity so it was not necessary to turn the train at the end of each trip. Both engines operated simultaneously by a master control, and after the train completed the run, the engineer just walked to the other end of the train for the return journey. The Comet had a 3 car train designed to seat 160 passengers.
In a test run in April 1935, the Comet hit a speed of 110.5 mph, which was a record for any train in New England at that time. In its published timetable for the run between Boston and Providence (43.8 miles), the Comet's normal schedule was only 44 minutes (with stops included). While the Comet was built for the Boston-Providence run, it did show up on other New Haven trackage, and also was used for many excursion trips to New York City.HO Scale Con-Cor Comet Train Set features:
- A fully assembled and ready-to-run 3 car train
- Original 1935 paint and lettering scheme
- Die-cast metal weighting
- Metal RP-25 wheelsets
- Full interiors inside cars #2 and #3 (car #1 contains locomotive drive mechanism)
- All cars lighted
- DCC-ready with industry standard NMRA 8 pin medium socket mounted on locomotive printed circuit board
- Minimum curve radius approximately 22 inches
Con-Cor no. 0001-008735.