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Monster Locomotives

as opposed to monster trucks
 
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Take a locomotive, put huge wheels on it and raise it 15 or 20 feet up. Then have the locomotive compete with other locomoties on a train track figure 8 circuit.

Resulting collisions would make this the show to watch. Trains would be sent tumbling end over end possibly into crowds of horrified spectators.

Antegrity, Dec 12 2005

"You do *not* want to die like Casey Jones" http://www.waterval...eyjones/cj~long.htm
Background for [DrCurry]'s remark. [jutta, Dec 12 2005]

The Holman system http://www.dself.ds...O/holman/holman.htm
[angel, Dec 14 2005]

Even odder http://www.dself.ds...nge/gaugechange.htm
(Both from Doug Self's excellent site.) [angel, Dec 14 2005]

2 minute walk from where I work. http://news.bbc.co....2547000/2547561.stm
not very amusing to anyone caught up in the real thing. [po, Dec 31 2005]

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       Take this a step further - other regular height trains on the course are narrower, with normal wheels, and use a track set just inside the inside and outside rails of the "monster" track. They can whiz by each other vertically!
migennes, Dec 12 2005
  

       Spectators would have to be protected somehow. The final show would be a train jump. The arena would be placed at the end of a long straight downhill track. 3 or 4 miles. The loco's would get as much speed as possible and then hit a ramp in order to clear wrecked train cars.
Antegrity, Dec 12 2005
  

       Sounds like a steam engine convention. With explosions.   

       You're aware of what steam explosions do to you, right? You do *not* want to die like Casey Jones, and I imagine the fee-paying public will be averse, too. Of course, if you used electric locos, I guess you would cut out the risk of explosions.
DrCurry, Dec 12 2005
  

       But who wouldnt like to see a good train wreck every now and then?
Jscotty, Dec 12 2005
  

       I do often wonder why nobody created a steam-powered robot for BattleBots.
shapu, Dec 12 2005
  

       //I do often wonder why nobody created a steam-powered robot for BattleBots// Probably because of the safety rules.
coprocephalous, Dec 12 2005
  

       Who said anything about steam engines? I guess you could have a classic train race.
Antegrity, Dec 31 2005
  

       There would be a bunch of locos at the loco show.
krigre55, Dec 03 2007
  
      
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