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Does a moving train stop momentarily when it hits a bee?
« Reply #50 on: 11/01/2010 04:20:33 »
I think this question of bees have a world wide impact. Especially considering that Stockholm's local train system is bought, if I'm not wrong, just from Italy. Very sleek and futuristic looking they are.

But, then we also have the bees?

Now, if an Italian/British/Swedish train meet an American at a uniform pace with a bee situated inside the tunnel, in a inertial system, at the exact point of penetration would that bee stop it?

I've tried to be as exact as I can here, it might help if you got the temperature and humidity too?

Warm and wet.
 

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« Reply #51 on: 11/01/2010 07:27:33 »
Now, if an Italian/British/Swedish train meet an American at a uniform pace


Sorry Yoron (I hope you don't mind the nickname, but I can never find the underscore key) but I have detected a fatal flaw in your reasoning. The European trains will not meet the American because the European trains drive on the left while American trains drive on the right.
« Last Edit: 11/01/2010 07:30:26 by Geezer »
 

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« Reply #52 on: 11/01/2010 07:53:27 »
Sh* another flaw in my TOE.

It hurts.
 

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« Reply #53 on: 11/01/2010 19:03:20 »
Actually Geezer, it is because they drive on the opposite side that they will meet in the middle.

However, because of the much larger loading gauges of US trains, they'd probably get stuck in the tunnel entrance.
 

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« Reply #54 on: 11/01/2010 19:22:33 »
Thanks for pointing that out Lee.

I'd like to see the bee that could stop one of these http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/gn5013.jpg

It's even got a special bee deflector mounted on the roof.
 

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« Reply #55 on: 11/01/2010 22:01:27 »
If I recall my high-school physics correctly - in an inelastic collision, the objects stick together like gum balls, and in an elastic collision, the objects bounce off like billiard balls. (Or I maybe confusing elastic and inelastic, because the elastic in my underwear is too tight)

I would guess:
   elastic collision - the bee would bounce off the train at high speed in the opposite direction, and the train would slow down a very slight amount back. 

   inelastic collision - the bee would stick to the train and they would both go slightly slower than the trains original speed.

 

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« Reply #56 on: 12/01/2010 15:32:36 »
Thanks for pointing that out Lee.

I'd like to see the bee that could stop one of these http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/gn5013.jpg

It's even got a special bee deflector mounted on the roof.

Are you sure that's a bee deflector?  It looks more like a crossbow to me, so perhaps they were planning to shoot the bees down before they hit the train.
 

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« Reply #57 on: 12/01/2010 18:11:23 »
Thanks for pointing that out Lee.

I'd like to see the bee that could stop one of these http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/gn5013.jpg

It's even got a special bee deflector mounted on the roof.

Are you sure that's a bee deflector?  It looks more like a crossbow to me, so perhaps they were planning to shoot the bees down before they hit the train.

(It's actually contact shoe for passing current between locomotives.)
 

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« Reply #58 on: 12/01/2010 21:34:18 »
Hah, thank you LeeE. my Toe feels fine again.
Back on tracks so to cho choo..
 

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« Reply #59 on: 14/01/2010 18:50:54 »
I see that this thread sort of stopped in its tracks?
It surprises me as it seems to take up one of the most intriguing and sensible question I've seen here?

And we haven't even touched the bee, train(s), and autumn leaves on the tracks either?
I can see all kind of variables here.

Consider the possibility of a bee all wrapped up in leaves doing a kamikaze toward an oncoming Italian train, slippery when wet so to speak.
What will the outcome bee here?
 

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« Reply #60 on: 14/01/2010 19:13:29 »
Well, as I understand QM (which means I don't :D) from time to time, a bee might pass right through the windscreen of a train. In that event, if it was a really fast train, it might hit the train driver and cause him to lift his hand off the "dead man's handle" which would result in an emergency application of the train's brakes and bring it to a halt.

Therefore I posit that a bee can stop a train.
 

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