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AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!

Posted by ebtmikado on Mon Apr 30 11:20:17 2012


Or will they?


DEVICE TESTS HIGH SPEED TRAIN SAFETY:

Engineers at NJTransit have developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of Locomotives and Railcars all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate incidents of collisions with airborne birds to test the strength of the windshields.

AMTRAK engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrrangements were made. But when the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, crashed through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cab.

Horrified AMTRAK engineers sent NJT the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and begged NJT for suggestions.

NJT's response was just three words, "Thaw the chicken".

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Re: Amtrak Will Learn…Eventually!

Posted by Olog-hai on Mon Apr 30 11:34:56 2012, in response to AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!, posted by ebtmikado on Mon Apr 30 11:20:17 2012.

Wrong end of April.

Besides, frozen chickens aren't as good of a test as cinder blocks—something that a train might get hit with at any speed in an urban setting.

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Re: AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!

Posted by R30A on Mon Apr 30 11:37:06 2012, in response to AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!, posted by ebtmikado on Mon Apr 30 11:20:17 2012.

More believable the other way around.

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Re: AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!

Posted by znufrii on Mon Apr 30 13:13:36 2012, in response to AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!, posted by ebtmikado on Mon Apr 30 11:20:17 2012.

I saw this on Mythbusters. (Airplane windows, but still, same idea)

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Re: AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!

Posted by nasadowsk on Mon Apr 30 17:00:45 2012, in response to AMTRAK Will Learn.....Eventually!, posted by ebtmikado on Mon Apr 30 11:20:17 2012.

Also applies to a variety of other subjects.

As an aside, I've actually seen the chicken gun at Pratt & Whitney. Well, one of a few they have. It's not that exciting. And they typically don't use chickens except for the FAA tests, they use ice cream or Jell-O...

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