Train submarines

 
  eddyb Chief Train Controller

As we have only 2 weeks of fuel in Australia and we cannot afford 12 new submarines to protect our sea lanes as well as we do not want to alarm our good neighbors here is an elcheapo way around it.

Build about 100 train subs that can operate in peacetime to take 1km long trains to isolated places so they too can engage in world trade.

The idea is they would nose up to a rail line to unload one train and load another through a front opening in under one hour.

I drew it up on Google 3D http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=ead2abd1f481665d11bf9cc1612b5175&prevstart=0

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Wot
  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
It's possible that your proposal may be more expensive than twelve submarines, but the idea of underwater trains appeals a bit. A slice of Jules Verne... Wink

Of course, there are precedents for underwater railways:

[img]http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/4749/daddylonglegs10l.jpg[/img]


I always wanted to put a model railway into a fish tank, but nobody with a fish tank will let me!

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  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Metro has its own under water railway.  Every time it rains we see water where track should be at numerous locations and at others the subways are closed because they fill up.  

The "Daddy Long-legs" created by Magnus Volk was a very curious beast and, according to UK Law, required a qualified sea captain at the controls as it was classed as a water-borne vessel!  Progress was very slow and a choppy sea could break over the deck.  But it worked.  For a very few months until a huge storm virtually destroyed it.  After a rebuild it ran occasionally for a few more years ultimately costing too much and being abandoned.  The concrete blocks which supported the track are still visible at low tide on the foreshore between Ovingdean and Rottingdean.
  allan Chief Commissioner

Nice to see that W Heath Robinson still has disciples...
  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
Nice to see that W Heath Robinson still has disciples...
allan
Heehee! Smile

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Who said that Isaac Asimov is dead? Very Happy
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
WTF?!?

Nooooo.....

Why can't people with idiotic ideas like this go annoy Aus.Rail or something? Why does it always have to be RP?

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