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Date: 03/21/24 08:31
Lunar railway
Author: mile250

TO may need a new category: extraterrestrial.
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From today's Railway Gazette International online.
March 25 edit: Let's not forget that crazy boondoggle scheme of the early 1860s to build a railway across the emptiness of Utah and Nevada, while also building east from California using rails and locomotives shipped around South America.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/25/24 17:01 by mile250.




Date: 03/21/24 12:13
Re: Lunar railway
Author: tomstp

Somebody is off their rocker.



Date: 03/21/24 12:44
Re: Lunar railway
Author: exhaustED

Sounds like a stellar idea....



Date: 03/21/24 12:59
Re: Lunar railway
Author: cjvrr

Can't even properly care for the infrastructure on earth but the government will fund this?



Date: 03/21/24 14:23
Re: Lunar railway
Author: cchan006

cjvrr Wrote:
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> Can't even properly care for the infrastructure on
> earth but the government will fund this?

First paragraph has all the answers, and your comment is the most accurate assessment of this "idea" so far. (hint: look at who's involved)

They are definitely not off their rocker. People who fall for this idea are.

By the way, SpaceX's side projects (Hyperloop, Boring Company) are about space infrastructure - how to transport items in low or no atmosphere environment, or did no one figure this out yet? Elon Musk has made some enemies recently, so the organizations mentioned in the first paragraph is trying to "recruit" alternate ideas for easy money.



Date: 03/21/24 20:57
Re: Lunar railway
Author: AZSP

cjvrr Wrote:
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> Can't even properly care for the infrastructure on
> earth but the government will fund this?

More $50,000 toilet seats

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Date: 03/21/24 21:02
Re: Lunar railway
Author: ts1457

Of course, the rolling stock will need Magne-Traction.



Date: 03/22/24 11:11
Re: Lunar railway
Author: MEKoch

Since one's weight on the moon is lighter, would a train stay on the track?

We cannot get a train built in California in 25 years, spending billions of dollars.  Involving the government dooms the project on the moon immediately.  



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/22/24 11:13 by MEKoch.



Date: 03/22/24 14:45
Re: Lunar railway
Author: cchan006

MEKoch Wrote:
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> We cannot get a train built in California in 25
> years, spending billions of dollars.  Involving
> the government dooms the project on the moon
> immediately. 

CA residents "barely" passed a Proposition recently to deal with an off topic problem. I visited a city outside CA last week which tackled the problem without legislation, with significant improvement in less than 3 years. All you need is policy change, not $billions in federal funding.

Treat the CA HSR the same way, a money laundering scam. Merely calling this a "government problem" totally misses the point, and you will continue to be bamboozled. Identify the cultprits (individuals) and expose them.



Date: 03/23/24 17:52
Re: Lunar railway
Author: march_hare

MEKoch Wrote:
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> Since one's weight on the moon is lighter, would a
> train stay on the track?
>

Look at the videos of Neil Armstrong hopping around, or (whoever it was, later) guys hitting golf balls on the moon. 

Gravity is lower, but still present. Hire some American RR execs, and they will use this as an excuse to increase car weights way beyond 286,00 pounds. Make it big enough, and it will stay on the tracks just fine. 



Date: 03/23/24 18:02
Re: Lunar railway
Author: callum_out

And make sure those locomotives meet Tier IV!

Out 



Date: 03/28/24 03:47
Re: Lunar railway
Author: march_hare

Honestly, the moon could use a little carbon dioxide. Planetary warming could be a good thing up there. 



Date: 03/28/24 10:22
Re: Lunar railway
Author: PHall

callum_out Wrote:
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> And make sure those locomotives meet Tier IV!
>
> Out 

Every electric locomotive already is.



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