what are those things in the front of the trains called?

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  1. ManBearPig

    ManBearPig Diamond Member

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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
     
  2. Canai

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    Cattle guard or cattle catcher
     
  3. Alone

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    Cow plow.
     
  4. Canai

    Canai Diamond Member

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    heh
     
  5. MX2

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    Everything plow
     
  6. l6873

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    Pilot or cowcatcher.
     
  7. Eli

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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.......
     
  8. Jeff7

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    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.
     
  9. Eli

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    Ahh, true, never thought about it like that.

    Duh.

     
  10. Jeff7

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    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*
     
  11. Mo0o

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

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    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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    roadkill
     
  14. bcoupland

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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.
     
  15. d4mo

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    Cow Pusher
     
  16. jadinolf

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    Guys, it's COW CATCHER!
     
  17. Alone

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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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    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.
     
  20. Alone

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    Isn't it technically called a "pilot" anyways?
     
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    got milk??
     
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    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.
     
  24. Alone

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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.

    EDIT: Ah.

    EDIT2: Oh, hey.
     
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    I haven't seen a locomotive with a cow catcher since the steam engine days.