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Old 04-08-2007, 03:52 PM   #1
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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
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Old 04-08-2007, 03:52 PM   #2
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Cattle guard or cattle catcher
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Old 04-08-2007, 03:55 PM   #3
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Cow plow.
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:32 PM   #6
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Pilot or cowcatcher.
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:35 PM   #7
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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.......
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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
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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.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:32 PM   #14
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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.
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Guys, it's COW CATCHER!
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In the case of my University, Genome cleaner.

We've had so many drunk idiots play chicken with the trains it's pathetic,
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:55 PM   #19
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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.
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Isn't it technically called a "pilot" anyways?
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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.
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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.

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I haven't seen a locomotive with a cow catcher since the steam engine days.
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