How Trackless Trains From the Cold War Helped Prevent a Nuclear Apocalypse

Inventor Robert Gilmore LeTourneau's revolutionary trains may have helped save America from a nuclear apocalypse but they were all eventually abandoned.

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1/17/2022 5:30:00 AM

If you remember the Cold War, you'd know that it was a trying time of strife with Russia that led the U.S. government to fear that Russia ns might go over the Arctic Circle to get a nuclear bomber in America. Find out more at 🚀 Engineering

Inventor Robert Gilmore LeTourneau's revolutionary trains may have helped save America from a nuclear apocalypse but they were all eventually abandoned.

If you remember the Cold War, you'd know that it was a trying time of strife with Russia that led the U.S. government to fear that Russians might go over the Arctic Circle to get a nuclear bomber in America, consequently causing a nuclear apocalypse. 

In order to avoid such dire circumstances, the U.S. needed to ensure that Soviet bombers were indeed not crossing the North Pole or to at least have the time to respond properly if they were with its own bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles. To do this, the Army planned the quick development of 63 manned radar stations in the high Arctic. 

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