The US President's Bulletproof Railcar

  • Published on Apr 2, 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, or on Facebook at ! [looks like their main site's down at the moment!]
    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
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Comments • 934

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  8 months ago +2292

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

    • Ashton Grist
      Ashton Grist 13 days ago

      Serious question. WHY NO HDR CONTENT?

    • Jacob Thomas
      Jacob Thomas 4 months ago

      Please never say railroad!

    • 33kaus holokaust
      33kaus holokaust 6 months ago

      Tom Scott british commonwealth of nation calls it railway... as usual americans use a misnomer

    • Rafa YouTube
      Rafa YouTube 7 months ago

      Tom Scott continue doing what you do

    • Commmander 64
      Commmander 64 7 months ago

      We get it your british XD

  • Greenid Guy
    Greenid Guy 4 hours ago

    Where does the poop go once you flush?

  • Jack Soley
    Jack Soley 3 days ago

    Is it a bit odd that the surname of a railway museum guide is "Waggoner"?

  • Gods2ndFavoriteBassPlyr

    A great book: FDR's Funeral Train by Robert Klara - Tons of history .. well documented.. Worth the read.

  • Brain Stem
    Brain Stem 6 days ago

    Great video !

  • Old Hollywood- NBC Mr. Hahn

    We are still a proud nation 🇺🇸

  • Jason Kim
    Jason Kim 11 days ago

    Air Force one isn’t a thing but a name given to the vehicle that the president rides in. Air Force one is the plane. There would be Marine one for the helicopter. One is President and two is Vice President. They would never ride on the same vehicle.

  • General Geometrix
    General Geometrix 11 days ago

    I bet that piece of 12-ply glass is bloody heavy.

  • Andrew Stirling
    Andrew Stirling 16 days ago

    I want one!

  • Johnmark VanderZee
    Johnmark VanderZee 20 days ago

    13 or 30?

  • Trumpenstein
    Trumpenstein 20 days ago

    WTF's an "Awfose"?

  • noirre99
    noirre99 21 day ago

    Am I the only one who came to the video having seen racecar instead of railcar?

  • Evenios
    Evenios 22 days ago

    would it be possible to get er up to say .90?

  • Sage Channel
    Sage Channel 24 days ago

    Oh, no special thanks for Cully Waggoner at the end. The guy did a good job showing you, & us, around the train.

  • 71502
    71502 27 days ago

    I understand you would want to armored a car or a house but why would you armored a train?

  • orange70383
    orange70383 27 days ago

    Screw you and your opinions ya GOOF.

  • Alek Zeng
    Alek Zeng 28 days ago +1

    Just don’t get too political mate

  • adelgado75
    adelgado75 Month ago

    I agree, I wish we could get back a little of the old days.

  • James Ricker
    James Ricker Month ago

    Herbert Hoover needed the bullet proof rail car

  • Rich 91
    Rich 91 Month ago

    5/8 thick steel isnt stopping a 50bmg two stage round

  • United Detinu
    United Detinu Month ago +1

    Oooh, tommy boi just called trumps train not "real" enough?
    What's dumpy trumpy gonna do about that boyee?
    Choo choo donatello, gotta deliver a steamy comeback sooooon right? ;)
    Pwease don't let us down again, k? You'd make sumboedy vewwy sad ;(

  • DrumtotheBass Woop
    DrumtotheBass Woop Month ago

    Train Force One

  • RaketenKuhGewehr
    RaketenKuhGewehr Month ago

    "I wish we could go back to that. Still keep our cellphones though, I ain't giving that up."

  • Edward Dieffenbach
    Edward Dieffenbach 2 months ago +1

    Hard to say that I have actually been to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. I live right by it!

  • JMan C de la Barrera
    JMan C de la Barrera 2 months ago

    The name must have been written in Portuguese or Spanish, more correctly.
    It's as if we call, Uiliam Checaspeare in Spanish.

  • London 64
    London 64 2 months ago

    Great video

  • XxFazbearGaming
    XxFazbearGaming 2 months ago

    Ayyyy I was there yesterday! :D

  • richard maughan
    richard maughan 2 months ago

    Trump must have a new version of a rail train across the USA with bullet proof train at last.

  • Daniel Young
    Daniel Young 2 months ago


  • Entropy
    Entropy 3 months ago

    The guy that was giving the tour is the kind of person ppl from the past would imagine. Love it!

  • JohnnyDaPrankstaGangsta

    I could definitely see that guy explaining the train as a conductor.

  • Martin Gardner
    Martin Gardner 3 months ago

    Was it used by Lovelace in Wild Wild West?

  • brad
    brad 4 months ago

    If I was President I'd would totally travel by train

  • Tenacious Dean
    Tenacious Dean 4 months ago

    "I'm Scruffy, the janitor"

  • charlierw
    charlierw 4 months ago

    Damn that guy loves trains

  • Ghost Tank
    Ghost Tank 4 months ago

    The president should ride in a train, not that stupid airplane.

    • whiteknightcat
      whiteknightcat Month ago

      That would make it just a tad difficult to go to places like ... oh, IDK ... London maybe? Or Paris?

  • David Calman
    David Calman 5 months ago

    and he just casually opens it

  • mspenrice
    mspenrice 5 months ago

    So, Rail Force One?

  • Vitor Madeira
    Vitor Madeira 5 months ago

    Precious video, but why would you spell "MaJelan"?
    That name derives from the Portuguese word Magalhães which is spelled "MaGAllaes".
    So, no "gi" or "je" sound. It would be a "ga" sound.

  • Zachary Richards
    Zachary Richards 6 months ago

    Bullet resistant


    Derail it via destroying the rail

  • TheLeo Lordz
    TheLeo Lordz 6 months ago

    If it was 100% Bulletroof I wanna Put a bomb here

    • 007Cat24
      007Cat24 4 months ago

      pentagon Rush Bulletproof doesn‘t equal blastproof.

  • The Weird Part of Youtube

    Do why you hear yanny or laurel

  • Yusuf Nasihi
    Yusuf Nasihi 6 months ago

    Truman campaigned for reelection by travelling in that train? Surely state resources were not able to be used for partisan use...

    • Logan Barney
      Logan Barney 6 months ago

      Incumbent advantage. Some resources were used.

  • Smart Idea
    Smart Idea 6 months ago

    I thought Ferdinand Magellan Died in Cebu,Philippines.

  • 33kaus holokaust
    33kaus holokaust 6 months ago

    So cosy... i like it

  • DrunkMouse2030
    DrunkMouse2030 6 months ago


  • J
    J 6 months ago

    The museum rep reminds me of Tom Skerritt of "Top Gun" fame.
    The President would never be allowed to travel by rail in the US nowadays... the tracks are in too poor of repair for the Secret Service to trust them with the President's life.

    • whiteknightcat
      whiteknightcat Month ago

      Your second sentence shows you know nothing about American railroads.

  • Rehan Murtaza
    Rehan Murtaza 6 months ago

    666k views baby

  • TheMan WithThePlan
    TheMan WithThePlan 6 months ago

    666,666th view

  • Flourishing Jam
    Flourishing Jam 6 months ago

    666k views and 222 dislikes. Interesting...

  • Koyakonsta
    Koyakonsta 6 months ago

    there are 666k views... more than worrying

  • Buynot
    Buynot 6 months ago

    They should have put this on the back of the American Freedom Train when it toured the country back in the 70's.

  • The Victorian Gamer
    The Victorian Gamer 6 months ago

    So, could a president request this be reinstated? That'd be 100% amazing to see back in somewhat action

  • erwinderdoofe
    erwinderdoofe 7 months ago

    I like the guide, he seems like a nice guy.

  • Daniel Newsome
    Daniel Newsome 7 months ago

    Anyone else pick up on the origin of the phrase "whistle stop tour"?

  • Devin Henderson
    Devin Henderson 7 months ago

    Could you explain what a Double NAT is?

  • asif Khan
    asif Khan 7 months ago

    Cully waggoner is drunk

  • Adam Filinovich
    Adam Filinovich 7 months ago

    Did you say president? Oh no. Hide from the comments!

  • Supriya  Chhetri
    Supriya Chhetri 7 months ago

    *_this is the presidential toilet_*

  • MR Rehman
    MR Rehman 7 months ago

    MUST watch DAVID ICKE now
    must see for yourself

  • Wixard H
    Wixard H 7 months ago

    Wow, Ferdinand Magellan is one of our heroes in Philippines

  • Scriptminer
    Scriptminer 7 months ago

    Thank you for the video!

  • Nozyspy
    Nozyspy 7 months ago

    Well... Americans do have a penchant for killing their Presidents...

  • Martin Rantala
    Martin Rantala 7 months ago

    Rail Force One

  • Peaceistheanswer27
    Peaceistheanswer27 7 months ago


  • Nick Gillotti
    Nick Gillotti 7 months ago

    Always cool to see where some of the most important leaders in history spent their time.

  • Kurean
    Kurean 7 months ago

    Doesn’t Kim Jong Un have one of these?

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  • N4vizZ
    N4vizZ 7 months ago

    You could just said "There was Air Force None." Missed The oppurtunity there

  • Joyce Ebert
    Joyce Ebert 7 months ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed the video. Don't be so self-conscious of speaking proper English. I thought you did a great job.

  • Scoutdy
    Scoutdy 7 months ago

    If I was president I would use this.

  • yakikadafi
    yakikadafi 7 months ago

    this is awesome thanks for uploading!

  • Johnny James
    Johnny James 7 months ago

    Eisenhower traveled by train also, his wife would not fly. They came to Palm Springs each year by train so Ike could play golf.

  • SupaEMT134
    SupaEMT134 7 months ago +1

    Wait. Did he just say *eighteen* miles per hour???

  • Steve Riddle
    Steve Riddle 7 months ago +1

    Very very cool a bank vault on wheels I love history

  • coolsatpalsingh2
    coolsatpalsingh2 7 months ago

    Toilet beside bed? Prison style

    BLUE MOXIE 7 months ago

    And when It hit 80-MPH it could TIME TRAVEL

  • bfjb70
    bfjb70 7 months ago


  • Jason B
    Jason B 7 months ago

    Love the Trump Train, and this one. Thanks for doing this.

  • Chet
    Chet 7 months ago

    Air Force One isn't Red, White and Blue.

  • Hagjon 13
    Hagjon 13 7 months ago

    R A I L R O A D

  • Gyro Simulation
    Gyro Simulation 7 months ago

    Trump train crash

  • caomhan84
    caomhan84 7 months ago

    It's amazing, really, all they did to both accommodate FDR's disability, and hide it from the public. We have to remind ourselves that this was the 1930's and 40's, and he was POTUS for 13 years. So many things had to be modified for him and it all worked like a well-oiled machine for so long. The media was kinder too, always respecting his wishes to never be photographed being carried, while the Secret Service set up ramps to move him, etc. Could you imagine the media respecting that today? Hell no.

  • gary miller
    gary miller 7 months ago


  • dannypeck666
    dannypeck666 7 months ago

    Bulletproof train in the 1920's, so they obviously learned their lesson about leaders of countries riding around in open topped cars...
    oh hello 1963.....

  • Song Daniel
    Song Daniel 7 months ago

    Well it's gonna be useful when the Chinese invade America

  • Go Away
    Go Away 7 months ago

    I'd like more information about the whole train. I know it had more cars that went with it.

  • TPew
    TPew 7 months ago

    I rate inside the train a 5 star hotel

  • Valletta Meme Master
    Valletta Meme Master 7 months ago +1

    All aboard the trump train.

  • a998
    a998 7 months ago

    How common was that radio telephone?

  • Floris Fiedeldij Dop
    Floris Fiedeldij Dop 7 months ago

    That glass though, wow :D

  • Linux Begginer
    Linux Begginer 7 months ago

    tour videos are awesome Tom,thank You for sharing

  • TheForfattare
    TheForfattare 7 months ago

    This guy need a new hairstyle

    BEEZKNEEZGAMER 7 months ago

    you look wierd, let good looking. in a good way i guess

  • JamiePohlOA
    JamiePohlOA 7 months ago

    That guy is awesome. He should narrate something.

  • ThisCrazyGaMerKid
    ThisCrazyGaMerKid 7 months ago

    How much do these ballons cost?

  • whiteknightcat
    whiteknightcat 7 months ago

    "The railcar is the heaviest US railcar ever built."
    Correction: At 285,000 pounds, the presidential modifications made it the heaviest PASSENGER railcar ever used in the US.

  • Jeffrey
    Jeffrey 7 months ago

    One day Tom's gonna visit where I work and I'm gonna have my mind explode.

  • JC Geders
    JC Geders 7 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this video! This car is on my bucket list! According to David McCullough's biography of Truman, for security, the route ahead of the President's train had all of the switches spiked to prevent sabotage. Talk about "right of way"!