Built by the Pullman Palace Car company in 1937, The Snow Cruiser was meant to provide a fast and reliable way to do research in Antarctica. It had all the things that one would expect in a mobile lab. Even today, it seems fantastic, like a ship on giant wheels to explore the frozen wastes. There was only one problem with this machine: it didn’t work.

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