Jason Shron. Treat yourself or a friend to the first book ever to tell the story of the TurboTrain through history using anecdotes and photographs, the majority never published before. It's been 40 years since the TurboTrain rocketed to record-breaking speeds and touched the hearts of a new generation of railfans. Part train, part jet aircraft, it was the latest ground transport innovation. But the Turbo's promise of a new era of passenger service went sadly unfulfilled. A gas turbine powered train introduced at a time of unprecedented hostility toward passenger train travel and high fuel prices had little chance of survival. Despite the obstacles, the TurboTrain was a success with the travelling public. By the time it was retired in 1982, Turbo was running at 97 percent efficiency, making it one of the most reliable passenger trains in North America.