The US President's Bulletproof Railcar

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  • Published on: 02 April 2018
  • US Car Number 1, the Ferdinand Magellan, sits in the Gold Coast Railway Museum in Miami. It's 120 tonnes of bulletproof, armoured railcar: a train carriage designed to move the President of the United States around the country in safety and style. At least, it was, until other transport came along to do a better job.

    Thanks to all the team at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum: they're at http://www.gcrm.org/, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GoldCoastRailroad/ ! [looks like their main site's down at the moment!]

    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott   1 years ago

    I realise I said "railway" instead of "railroad" at the end. Apparently I haven't picked up too many American dialect words yet...!

  • Ishari
    Ishari   5 days ago

    I'm dying at the idea of an American president smoking in the toilet like a high schooler trying to hide it from the teachers.

  • Canna Blood
    Canna Blood   1 weeks ago

    Anybody going crazy about that cable right infront of those train wheels?🤣

  • Da Bul PHILLY
    Da Bul PHILLY   1 weeks ago

    Keep our cell phones I’m not giving that up

  • Truth Hurts
    Truth Hurts   1 weeks ago

    Bless our President, President Trump! Finally, a President that has American's best interests in mind.

  • Varelity
    Varelity   2 weeks ago

    In Australia, it’s a “train” made of “carriages”

  • WIERBITCH
    WIERBITCH   2 weeks ago

    Ur a smart dude, I like your content !!

  • Torva
    Torva   2 weeks ago

    That tour guide is really cool. Explained everything clearly and loved the joke at the end haha

  • CreepTheWolf
    CreepTheWolf   2 weeks ago

    Imagine wiping your ass with 12 ply laminated glass.

  • J C
    J C   2 weeks ago

    this guy looks like a 40 year old child

  • kikoredog
    kikoredog   2 weeks ago

    EIGHTY EIGHT MARTY!!!!!! !!! !1

  • 1291sgtscream
    1291sgtscream   2 weeks ago

    I know that many us presidents were attacked and / or killed, but it always makes me smile when I see them or any high member of any foreign government travelling around with entire armies wherever they go. I am swiss, you could meet one of the 7 federal counsellors (the highest rank of the government) waiting for a train or shopping alone and no one would give a damn

  • Jonas Müller
    Jonas Müller   3 weeks ago

    Honestly, that’s how the presidents nowadays should travel ! Much more sustainable then traveling by AirForce One all the time, even for short distances

  • UnspokenPoet82
    UnspokenPoet82   3 weeks ago

    It's really interesting if you think about it that Theodore roosevelt flew in a plane in 1910 after his presidency was over and then his cousin Franklin roosevelt was the one to fly officially during his presidency

  • Chet
    Chet   3 weeks ago

    Air Force 1 isnt painted red, white and blue

  • fenrar36
    fenrar36   3 weeks ago

    So that's what they mean by a whistle stop tour...

  • Equintrinity
    Equintrinity   3 weeks ago

    I forgot I was in a tom scott video cause the guy took over

  • don't care
    don't care   4 weeks ago

    Was the trains engine covered in armor? What would have happened if you shot the locomotive driver or set tnt on the tracks and blew the rails? How much military and secret service accompanied the president?

  • Siddesh Gannu
    Siddesh Gannu   4 weeks ago

    Or they could just destroy the tracks and let physics do the rest

  • harry s
    harry s   1 months ago

    So much wastage of resources for a stupid person.

  • Sue Coates
    Sue Coates   1 months ago

    No such thing as bulletproof ever heard of armour pearcing rounds they do excist

  • Ray Kehr
    Ray Kehr   1 months ago

    Whatever, me floor is bulletproof but the carpet isn’t.

  • Thee Surge
    Thee Surge   1 months ago

    Wow thanks for letting people know how to infiltrate the railcar

  • Benjimen Franklin
    Benjimen Franklin   1 months ago

    I don't know where they got that word "Bulletproof" because there is nothing that is bulletproof .

  • swampfuel20
    swampfuel20   1 months ago

    Simple=easily understood.Presenting no difficulty. To see how the president traveled in those days seems so much more logical, connected to the people of the country. Wonderful vid, short and sweet. Cheers...

  • manic mechanic
    manic mechanic   1 months ago

    I've been on Roosevelt's and Kennedy's Air Force One.

  • Chris Trudell
    Chris Trudell   1 months ago

    Ya know folks, the way society is like now every vehicle should be bullet proof.imo.

  • CjPiper
    CjPiper   1 months ago

    Let’s rename it Trumps Train🇧🇿🇺🇸

  • David Frison
    David Frison   1 months ago

    I'm glad they're returned to the whistle stop...it has level of nostalgia to it