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ManBearPig
04-08-2007, 04:52 PM
i know this is random but...

what are those v shaped things on the front of trains? i was always told theyre to plow the cows out of the way. like some sort of a guard or something

Canai
04-08-2007, 04:52 PM
Cattle guard or cattle catcher

Alone
04-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Cow plow.

Canai
04-08-2007, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by: Alone
Cow plow.

heh

MX2
04-08-2007, 05:18 PM
Everything plow

l6873
04-08-2007, 05:32 PM
Pilot or cowcatcher.

Eli
04-08-2007, 05:35 PM
lol.. I've always been curious how effective they are.

I have a hard time imagining a train hitting a cow - plow or not - and having it gently move the cow off to the side of the train.......

Jeff7
04-08-2007, 05:36 PM
Originally posted by: Eli
lol.. I've always been curious how effective they are.

I have a hard time imagining a train hitting a cow - plow or not - and having it gently move the cow off to the side of the train.......Who says it's for the cow's sake? It's probably to keep it from getting dragged underneath the train. A cow might make a mess of the locomotive's various mechanisms down there.

Eli
04-08-2007, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by: Jeff7

Originally posted by: Eli
lol.. I've always been curious how effective they are.

I have a hard time imagining a train hitting a cow - plow or not - and having it gently move the cow off to the side of the train.......Who says it's for the cow's sake? It's probably to keep it from getting dragged underneath the train. A cow might make a mess of the locomotive's various mechanisms down there.Ahh, true, never thought about it like that.

Duh.

Jeff7
04-08-2007, 05:45 PM
Originally posted by: Eli
Ahh, true, never thought about it like that.

Duh.

But it was nice of you to think of the cow's wellbeing. :)

I guess if they're dumb enough to mosy along the tracks with a large noisy thing approaching, well, they get what's coming to them.

I imagine things a bit too realistically sometimes. I just envisioned that - cowcatcher vs none. Without, I see what amounts to a very large meat grinder. With, a very large meat tenderizer.

"Moo. Mooo??"
*splud*

Mo0o
04-08-2007, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by: Eli

Originally posted by: Jeff7

Originally posted by: Eli
lol.. I've always been curious how effective they are.

I have a hard time imagining a train hitting a cow - plow or not - and having it gently move the cow off to the side of the train.......Who says it's for the cow's sake? It's probably to keep it from getting dragged underneath the train. A cow might make a mess of the locomotive's various mechanisms down there.Ahh, true, never thought about it like that.

Duh.



yeah im pretty sure it's a way to prevent derailments from lazy cows

Eli
04-08-2007, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by: Mo0o

Originally posted by: Eli

Originally posted by: Jeff7

Originally posted by: Eli
lol.. I've always been curious how effective they are.

I have a hard time imagining a train hitting a cow - plow or not - and having it gently move the cow off to the side of the train.......Who says it's for the cow's sake? It's probably to keep it from getting dragged underneath the train. A cow might make a mess of the locomotive's various mechanisms down there.Ahh, true, never thought about it like that.

Duh.



yeah im pretty sure it's a way to prevent derailments from lazy cows

Yeah, that makes a lot more sense. It was one of those thoughts that I've had floating around in my head since I was really young, but never took the time to actually think about.

jjones
04-08-2007, 06:19 PM
roadkill

bcoupland
04-08-2007, 06:32 PM
Cowcatchers. At any rate, the engines alone nowadays weigh 100s of tons, with the rest of the cars and such somewhat less. Millions of kg*m/s vs. stationary cow = huge mess.

d4mo
04-08-2007, 06:42 PM
Cow Pusher

jadinolf
04-08-2007, 06:51 PM
Guys, it's COW CATCHER!

Alone
04-08-2007, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by: jadinolf
Guys, it's COW PLOW!

irishScott
04-08-2007, 06:53 PM
In the case of my University, Genome cleaner.

We've had so many drunk idiots play chicken with the trains it's pathetic,

Whoozyerdaddy
04-08-2007, 06:55 PM
In Alaska it's a snow plow. Makes a hell of a mess at the RR crossings.

In the summer it's something to bounce the moose off the rails. That makes a mess too.

Alone
04-08-2007, 06:56 PM
Isn't it technically called a "pilot" anyways?

jadinolf
04-08-2007, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by: Alone

Originally posted by: jadinolf
Guys, it's Cow Catcher

JEDIYoda
04-08-2007, 07:51 PM
got milk??

91TTZ
04-08-2007, 09:19 PM
Originally posted by: bcoupland
Cowcatchers. At any rate, the engines alone nowadays weigh 100s of tons, with the rest of the cars and such somewhat less. Millions of kg*m/s vs. stationary cow = huge mess.

The trains weighed a lot then, too. Both then and now, the weight of a cow is nothing compared to the weight of the train.

Alone
04-08-2007, 09:23 PM
You still don't want things like cows getting under a train. I don't know if this was a myth or not, but weren't there stories going around about kids putting pennies on train tracks? Probably not true, though.

EDIT: Ah (http://www.snopes.com/science/train.htm).

EDIT2: Oh, hey.

Leaving items other than pennies on railroad tracks has caused trains to derail, though. In July 1999, three Indiana youngsters were charged with having caused the South Shore passenger train to jump the tracks in Michigan City after they placed a brick on the tracks. No injuries resulted, but that was more due to luck than anything else. The derailment of a six-car passenger train isn't exactly something to sneeze at.

MikeyIs4Dcats
04-08-2007, 09:24 PM
I haven't seen a locomotive with a cow catcher since the steam engine days.

jagec
04-08-2007, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by: Alone
You still don't want things like cows getting under a train. I don't know if this was a myth or not, but weren't there stories going around about kids putting pennies on train tracks? Probably not true, though.

EDIT: Ah (http://www.snopes.com/science/train.htm).

Yup, it squishes the pennies real good. I had a friend who had a whole collection of squished coins that he'd put under the tracks.


Originally posted by: MikeyIs4Dcats
I haven't seen a locomotive with a cow catcher since the steam engine days.

You were around during the steam engine days?

sdifox
04-08-2007, 09:40 PM
Darwin Award Presenter

grrl
04-08-2007, 09:45 PM
Originally posted by: jjones
roadkill

Wouldn't that be track kill?

TheGizmo
04-08-2007, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by: Eli

Originally posted by: Mo0o

Originally posted by: Eli

Originally posted by: Jeff7

Originally posted by: Eli
lol.. I've always been curious how effective they are.

I have a hard time imagining a train hitting a cow - plow or not - and having it gently move the cow off to the side of the train.......Who says it's for the cow's sake? It's probably to keep it from getting dragged underneath the train. A cow might make a mess of the locomotive's various mechanisms down there.Ahh, true, never thought about it like that.

Duh.



yeah im pretty sure it's a way to prevent derailments from lazy cows

Yeah, that makes a lot more sense. It was one of those thoughts that I've had floating around in my head since I was really young, but never took the time to actually think about.

w00t Eli is back, I missed your replies. Have you replied to the "Wheres Eli" thread yet? Anyway, good to see you're back. :beer: for you

KillerCharlie
04-08-2007, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by: MikeyIs4Dcats
I haven't seen a locomotive with a cow catcher since the steam engine days.

They still have them, effectively - look at any modern diesel locomotive and you can see the scoop in the front.

jjones
04-08-2007, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by: grrl

Originally posted by: jjones
roadkill

Wouldn't that be track kill?
I stand corrected.

Jeff7
04-08-2007, 10:54 PM
Originally posted by: jjones

Originally posted by: grrl

Originally posted by: jjones
roadkill

Wouldn't that be track kill?
I stand corrected.

It is called a "railroad" is it not? Either "kill" could be acceptable.

sao123
04-08-2007, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by: Heen05
Topic Title: what are those things in the front of the trains called?



Locomotives... or for the modern world...Deisel Engine.