Lifestyles of "The Rich 5" and the Famous
“The Rich Five” are the aristocratic familes of the Kentucky Free State and are renowned for their conspicuous consumption.
The above photo was taken at “Grand Central Station”, in New Manhattan. It shows a few members of the Carswell family and their “Rolling Thunderbolt” – a private railcar used to travel between New Manhattan and Louisville. As can be seen, current fashions take inspiration from the 1940’s and 1950’s
The Rich 5 will often use “Thunderbolts” because road travel is too uncomfortable and often too slow. Road travel between New Manhattan and Louisville can often take 4 or 5 hours, but a “Thunderbolt” is built for speed and luxurious comfort. Its top speed is in excess of 150 kph – cutting the journey down to just over one hour. Incidentally, the name is given to this railcar because it uses the same engine/power plant as the KFS Air Force P-47 replicas.
Crew: 3 (Driver and 2 stewards)
Passengers: 10 (could carry 40 in emergency)
Max Speed: 150kph