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Auto and human flypaper airbag cowcatcher
To prevent death from suicide
attempts or just plain bad luck and
stupidity trains can be fitted with a
10 meter long fairing shaped airbag
made from heavy reinforced vinyl.
The exterior surface is made of
layers, the outer layer is 0.7 mil
bag like plastic, the middle layer
10mm of glue like used in mouse
and rat glue traps, and the inner
layer heavy reinforced vinyl of the
baffled pressurised air bag fairing.
a human lays or stands on the
the train does not have to even slow
down, the airbag is made with
and baffles to absorb the energy,
thin outer layer will tear and the
adhesive will collect the person and
hold them firmly until the next stop,
where they can be removed by
railroad workers at the expense of
their clothing and body hair which
will remain stuck to the fairing. If a
car is on the tracks the airbag will
buckle and bend slowly, moving the
car gently off the tracks and
depositing it along side the train as
The fairing shape will save a small
amount of fuel at higher speeds.
||Sounds like bumper trains. You could make this more aerodynamic by having it be deflated most of the time, but inflate like a reverse airbag when the sensors on the front of the cowcatcher contacted anything of any size.
||Not too sure about the glue part. Also, you can delete your first version of this idea, [sky]. Welcome to the HB!
||Can a human survive seventy two hours adhered to the front of a moving train?
Find out on the next David Blaine special.
||I think the glue is a really good touch! alcaity
||Need a sensor that records the time of impact and thus print a train ticket for the distance travelled.
||"We apologise for the delay to the 13:43 to Newcastle, which is due to a build up of suicidees. Our staff are currently trying to unglue them and we should be available for boarding soon."
||The glue definitely puts the finishing touch on this idea. Nice work!