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Post Reply How hard is it to derail a train?
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Posted 6/28/17
In WW2 they did some elaborate tests on how to properly wreck a train and how hard it is to wreck it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=kdfFCaDOM3k




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Oh, Mr. Glass, are you posting again?
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Posted 6/28/17 , edited 6/29/17
As much of a troll (no offense) Ruj is he does offer a lot of entertainment on these forums.

Isn't this why you came here?



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Posted 6/29/17
Interesting. I mean I'm pretty sure if you just slanted them slightly you'd derail it for sure.
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I'm sure if you nuked it a train it might derail
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Posted 6/29/17 , edited 6/29/17
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derailment

Also. Cue the watchlists....
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Apparently pretty difficult
The problem is momentum and weight. The train's running with a ton of momentum, so it will fly straight over the gap and then press down on the rail, retaining traction. I would try alternating small gaps. Back and forth, Back and Forth, racking until it misaligns when flying over.
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They say it's hard to stop a Trane, but it's relatively simple to derail a train.
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amejia0 wrote:

As much of a troll (no offense) Ruj is he does offer a lot of entertainment on these forums.


For me it is like this:

If the CR forums were an anime, redokami would be the first villain that the main character faces, later the second villain would be gornotck, and at the end of the long adventure, the final villain would be Rujikin.
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Train derailment closes Phoenix road
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AZ3f_SI3Sk
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I wonder whether this question have relation to the Trump train metaphor? Now that I think about it, I also wonder whether a MMO fighting games or action anime would implement an event that is inspired by the Trump train. It would be interesting to see the hypothetical event and the possible ending of such event...
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Probably not very much. Rather than taking it head on, all you need to do is hit it at a sideways angle or lift it a few inches off the ground in the right spot, or have juuuuuuust a little too much space between the tracks it's on (or, conversely, just a little too little)
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Which was why the British had been training the Jedburgs to use dynamite on one side to break the ties and crater the grade. Then the weight of the train would push the rails out of align leading to a derailment.
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Posted 6/29/17 , edited 6/29/17
*Waves to the FBI/NSA agents forced into reading this thread due to it's title*

Seriously guys, don't worry, he is just an internet troll, pay him no mind.
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@4:52.....at least you wake up the conductor and brakeman riding the caboose. Back in the day when trains had cabooses a long freight run with the harmonic motion generally lulld the caboose crew into a sleep state unless they stayed preoccupied.

If you know where to spot a 25 cent piece on its edge inside the rail on a super-elevated curve supposedly it can be done though I've never seen that actually work in reality.

In hot weather CWR aka continuous welded rail might expand to a point where a kink is created once the outside temperature exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit....aka sun kink. On high density Class 1 railroads a trainmaster or some MW guy in a high-railer will ask for tracking time from dispatch in between freight trains during these times to visually inspect the rails for any issues while riding on the steel r-o-w in a pickup rig fitted with steel wheels. If the temperature stays hot for indefinite lengths of time in daylight a speed restriction might be imposed to ensure minimal risk from derailments caused by kinks.

Car wheels or axles can also go bad once away from yard observation. Hot box detectors are situated in many places along high-density rail lines as insurance to minimalize wheel/axle failures. Here a recording (robo voice) will enumerate the number of axles it reads as the train rolls over the hotbox detector sensor embedded between the rails. If any axle is detected as hot the robo-voice will inform the engine crew. Most railroads have procedures in place what a crew must do / not do before proceeding beyond a certain point with a bad axle.
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