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Train Crossing Theater

Inspired by [Fishrat]
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Tired of wasting your life away waiting for a train to cross? Wanna just take your chances and jump over the damn thing? Well no more suicidal tendencies, the Train Crossing Theater is here. Attached to each crossing arm is an opaque white length of canvas conveniently rolled arround the crossing-arm itself. When a train approaches and the crossing arms come down, the white canvas strip is extended vertically by actuated arms on either side, the projector conviently hidden within the crossing control box fires up and the show begins. Snippets of the Discovery Channel, or The Learning Channel can be showed to an audience of adults and children alike to tide them over that achingly long wait for the train. Tune in to a pre-determined short-range FM radio frequency to hear the show from your car radio. So next time on your route across the tracks don't forget the popcorn.
Letsbuildafort, Dec 22 2003

Take Your Chance Railroad Crossing http://www.halfbake...Railroad_20Crossing
[Fishrat] [Letsbuildafort, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Lunchtime movie shorts http://www.halfbake...me_20movie_20shorts
A source candidate. [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Ten Minute Television http://www.halfbake...Minute_20Television
And another. [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

For [ato_de]: "The CSXT funnel out of Florida" http://www.innatfolkston.com/beyond.htm
See the article about train watchers, halfway down that page. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       What? Cross-dressing Theatre? We already have that.   

       sp: crossing (2x), control, commence
k_sra, Dec 22 2003

       You should issue a flip card to each person in the train for them to hold up at their window as the train passes the crossing. Then if they held the cards up at the right time and the cards showed stages in an animated sequence, the waiting motorists could enjoy a short cartoon.
kropotkin, Dec 22 2003

       live performances! a crossing comedian would be great!
po, Dec 22 2003

       [kropotkin], that's a wonderful idea, you've got to post it....should be a whole range of similar applications.
normzone, Dec 22 2003

       Post the pictures on the sides of the train, and post a moderately sized frame that people could watch to get the animation. Depending on how fast the train is traveling, match music or commentary from the FM frequency to match. THough I would loathe the trains with the animated "Romeo and Juliet" show. Entertaining or not, thats a long drawn-out saga.
Letsbuildafort, Dec 22 2003

       Just the highlights. Sex and death.
k_sra, Dec 22 2003

       And if you like to watch trains?
ato_de, Dec 22 2003

       never had you down as a train spotter ato_de
po, Dec 22 2003

waugsqueke, Dec 23 2003

       How about a continuous-play loop of your local politician explaining why the state/county etc could not afford to build a bridge over the track?
dobtabulous, Dec 23 2003

       I love to watch the trains. I used to go down to the yard two or three times a week and watch the switching ops, and I have a small model empire that I putt around on in my "spare" time.
ato_de, Dec 23 2003

       How about head on train crossing theater? Arch releases canvas strips, then the person can sit in between the tracks and watch a short film. +
sartep, Dec 25 2003


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