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Google it for a few bad pics of a really nutty M46 tank proposal.
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" really nutty "

Hi Jose

Sure is !
Only the 'pipopak' research dept. could come up with such a prototype.
It does make a 'Snickers' bar look lightweight !!

The operating principle looks quite straight forward.
Track in at the front.
Iron & pulp-wood out at the back.



Munch ... Munch ! ... Munch !!



" YESIR !! ... Full speed ahead ! " :Salute:



Looks like a series of heavy-duty wheels spread the rails & the ties fall off  at the bottom.
Simple but effective I guess.
I wonder if it's compatible with narrow gauge. L:

I think the Russians are on to this secret weapon by the way.
One of the regular Members over on the Russian site http://www.topwar.ru had this to say about it.

Как и все по-американски: надуманная проблема и ее "гениальное" решение (это надо ж додуматься - стрелять из крупнокалиберных пулеметов по шпалам, а че не по рельсам, а?). Дорого, неэффективно и абсолютно не нужно. Зачем янки путеразрушитель? Он был бы им нужен только в случае необходимости применения тактики "выжженной земли". Т.е. де-факто, создавая данный девайс, американцы уже тогда задумывались над тем, что им придется удирать из Западной Европы под натиском советских войск, при этом постаравшись за собой все уничтожить. А своих союзников по НАТО в континентальной Европе бросить на произвол судьбы. Впрочем для американцев, как впрочем и для всех англосаксов, это нормальная политика. Недаром, в свое время американцы вдоль границ ФРГ со странами Варшавского договора развернули целую сеть колодцев с ядерными фугасами, которые предполагалось подорвать при массированном наступлении войск ОВД, на самих западных немцев американцам при этом было, как-бы помягче выразиться, наплевать.

Main drawback as I see it would be dropping it in 'behind enemy lines'.
In this instance, I would suggest another extremely effective method of railway sabotage !

Issue airborne troops with trash-bags full of leaves.
Just walk along the tracks, dropping leaves onto the rails as you go.
Works EVERY time !
Brings British-Rail services to a grinding halt, totally guaranteed. :f:

:moose:

Si.

Rumour has it,  that Woodies cat might be putting a 2' gauge R.C. one of these together in the garage, out of some surplus 1:35 Tamiya WWII parts.

;)

Would have been a sellout success for the Tri-ang 'BATTLE SPACE !'(TM) range in HO.

I checked the Walthers catalogue...
...not available at present.

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Hi all,
this one probably works better as a track muncher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUHJGi__k-A
and it's steam powered :bg:

Anyone want a job as a gandy-dancer rebuilding the mess?

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Translated the russian for everybody convenience:
人工問題とその「独創的な」解決策(? - えっ、トラックに沿って重機関銃から撮影、およびThがレール上にないために、それは推測するがあるはずです):すべてのアメリカンスタイルのように。高価、非効率的とする必要はありません。なぜヤンキースputerazrushitel?彼は唯一の「焦土」の戦術を使用する必要が発生した場合にそれらを持っているでしょう。すなわち事実上の、このデバイスを作成することによって、アメリカ人は既に彼らはすべてを破壊しようとすると同時にソ連軍の猛攻撃の下で西ヨーロッパから逃げるする必要がありますということについて考えていました。そして、大陸欧州でのNATOの同盟国は、自分自身で終了します。しかし、アメリカ人のために、そして実際にアングロ・サクソン人のすべてのために、それは通常のポリシーです。理由もなく、ワルシャワ条約機構加盟国とドイツの国境に沿って、アメリカ人はそれがあったようにそれは、たと同時にアメリカ人に西ドイツ自体に大規模な攻撃ATS軍に弱体化させることになっていた核地雷、と井戸の全体のネットワークを開発している時に、穏やかに、気にしないではありません。
Jose.

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@Jose
That's all Greek to me. BTW, my forefathers had some effective vehicle they used in , of course..Russia when on their 'cleverly beforehand planned retreat'
Oh sorry oz, should have looked at that video first..

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Interesting to note the almost unnoticeable  amount of equalization in the loco drivers as they span the rail gaps.

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Who's going to be the first to make a working model and record the results for us to see?L:...I have a bigger version that I have used....it's called a jig saw and has the same result.........Peter:)

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I think you guys are looking at it backwards. It's driving away from us. You put the rail and ties in the far end and it spits out finished track on the other side.

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If they could adapt it to eat automobiles
It could be useful on the Freeway into Long Beach


I WANT ONE !

:f:

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" Interesting to note the almost unnoticeable "

Hi Herb

I didn't notice it.
What should I have noted ??

:dope:

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Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
If they could adapt it to eat automobiles
It could be useful on the Freeway into Long Beach


I WANT ONE !

:f:

Eddie


Ha, I used to live in San Marcos (North San Diego) and drove at least twice a month into LA, my company wanted me to move up there, but I always told them nope, I only came up for the meetings and to remind myself I wanted nothing to do with living near Hollywood or the 405. :doh:

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Eddie,

You'd need a fleet of wreckers to clear that 405, more correctly known as the LA Linear Car Park at most times of the day. I'd move to Laguna if I were you.

I've usually found it a close call between the 405 crawl or the never ending intersection traffic lights, discount booze outlets and tattoo parlours along Lincoln and through south LA to the Alamo or Budget hire return points at LAX. After which I'm usually glad to bid Ciao, Au Revoir to the LA area In general, except maybe Santa Monica and Venice seafronts - no offence intended to any U.S. West Coast Freerailers.

Regards, Michael

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The loco drivers (wheels, not blokes) don't drop much as they go into space going across places where the rail has been removed. The equalization makes the load go to adjacent drivers.

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Herb,

....and non compensated drivers (the majority of proper locos in my shop experience), would only drop as far as the horn guide keep plates or jointed/non jointed side rods would allow. So any non rail supported drivers would simply hang loose as far as the above limits allow.

Correct weight distribution between non compensated driving axles is achieved by 'tuning' up the retaining nuts on the spring buckles (the the vertical rods that keep in place the leading and trailing ends of the driving axle springs) - as I'm sure you already know !

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That reminds me of a potentially very nasty accident that happened one day, sadly with an unhappy outcome.

A trailing driving axle buckle rod broke and one of the leaf Spring plates vibrated out sideways just eneough to foul the trailing arc of the driving wheel spokes. If the spring plate had vibrated the opposite way it would simply have banged against the leading arc of the wheel spokes.

As it happened the spring plate jammed solid into an advancing spoke. The whole driving axle was forced up and the wheel set landed out of gauge on both sides. Somewhat inexplicably, the crew thought they could re-rail the wheel set by setting off slowly ahead. Next thing they had the whole damn loco off the road, still attached to the fully loaded passenger coaches (cars) behind, but fortunately the loco remained upright. The passenger set was pulled back wards to the station by a rescue loco and I believe fares were refunded.

An emergency rerailing crew of volunteer fitters arrived with hand operated retailing jacks, skid plates etc. Very sadly, and much to my personal annoyance at the footplate "crew" involved ( I use the word crew very inexactly, ( absolute clowns or criminals would better suit) one of our older, more portly, fitters collapsed and died on the spot of a massive heart attack. At least the trains now pass right by his final resting place, beside the track. Two of my friends are now buried along that road - at least I like to think they are both buried on "the right side of the tracks".

No names, no location but it was one of the last straws, amongst several others, as to why I quit donating many,many hours of my qualified skilled time, travelling costs etc. to a fairly ungrateful preservation organisation. So far as I know, the 'offenders' weren't even suspended or permanently downgraded. In the proper days their tickets would have been stamped "Not to be re-employed".

Regards, Michael

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Another not quite so RAPID railroad destructor.


I think they had derailment problems though ...


... it may have SELF DESTRUCTED !!


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