Someone`s Getting Fired At The Railroad Co. [Pic]

Submitted by: Fancys_Asst 6 years ago Weird

How does this epic amount of failure even happen? And as far, it"s not "Shopped, as we"ve seen many "Shops before...
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Male 143
omg this happened to a train that i go on every year. officialy scared.
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Male 3,431
It`s called a Sun Kink.
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Male 10
Earthquake...

No really...that`s what caused this...an earthquake.
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Female 259
I been working on dat railroad.
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Male 221
Is it me or do some pics just get automatically put on I-A-B without anyone looking at them?
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Male 173
someone obviously wasnt paying attention in highschool physics
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Male 445
malvikasmili


I hate spammers. More than a LOT of things.
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Female 901
You can totally tell it`s shopped, look at the rocks on the side of the railroad where they pulled it out.
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Male 64
Saw that, Cheers Davy, Just hate idiots who claim bull on a possibility just because they don`t know any better.
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Male 159
Earthquake durr.
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Male 12,138
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Male 64
"i think you`re full of it, but maybe that`s just me. "


Why most rails don`t buckle



Rails buckled due to heat.

Pressure only causes a problem at the weakest point on the line, not along the total length.

Learn something colinh, type in "heat rail buckle" into google and see how many results you get like these.

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Male 12,138
Yeah, that was the Christchurch quake as others have pointed out.
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Male 22
and further more... if those few pieces got hot enough to expand and warp then why the heck wasn`t the rest of the rail line beyond it affected in the same manner?
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Male 22
"No-one heard of expansion due to heat before?"

if that was due to heat then why doesnt this happen all the time in the hotter parts of the country, like the southwest for example.

i think you`re full of it, but maybe that`s just me.

I`m guessing this was the result of an earthquake. and the bends only look that drastic because of the odd angle/depth of field involved in the taking of the photograph.
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Female 426
Maybe moving tectonic plates?
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Male 2,516
haha earthquake? that`s just the rails getting too hot and expanding
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Female 512
I used to live there (in Rolleston, where this photo was taken)...& my family still all live in Chch.

And yes, the earthquake was massive. They`re *still* having aftershocks nearly 2 months since it happened. It`s been very surreal seeing some of the images that have been published...especially when they`re places you recognise & know so well but they`re so different from the damage caused by the quake.
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Male 319
Knowing about trains is knowing about history, and how we got to where we are. And still, much of what you touch and interact with everyday was at some point, in some part, moved by a train. If nothing else, the electricity powering your computer was probably generated from coal, moved by a train.

As far as the bending goes, I think the scale on the photo is misleading, but also the rails are designed to not bend in the other direction, the direction that the train will apply force to them. They ARE meant to bend in this direction. Hard to lay continuous track if it won`t bend.
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Male 64
No-one heard of expansion due to heat before?
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Male 144
Well this was what our railroads looked like after a big earthquake.
Thats my guess.
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Male 3,076
@Pryankas come on at least try to look legit
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Male 1
Right you lot, here`s a blog post about the damage to the rails near Rolleston in Canturbury NZ. The poster theorizes that the warping is caused by compression along their length, rather than perpendicular shearing force. If you look in the top left of the third image (same one as above), you`ll also notice that the powerlines are sagging - possibly another sign of a compressive movement (they aren`t sagging anywhere else).

The rails are locked to the ties, but the ties are not locked to the ground - they float on a bed of loose rocks
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Male 1,834
cooooool
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Female 255
Yup that looks familiar
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Male 2,893
@NZ Life
It was shopped because the heat expanded the mind of the person who decided it would be funny to shop it.
Oh, and he did it during an earthquake.
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Male 2,796
"OMG people stop saying "Uh it`s shopped, tracks can`t bend that much", or "It`s heat expansion" blah blah blah. It was the Christchurch earthquake, I live in Christchurch, it shoke pretty hard. Here`s another angle of the same track being repaired, you bunch of sceptics:
[url]http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1283891355/631/4106631.jpg[url]
Now shut up about photoshop and heat, and accept it was an earthquake, please for the sake of your perceived intelligence"

Your reply looks shopped. FAKE!! GTFO...
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Male 757
its the roadrunners doing
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Female 280
Looks fun.
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Male 30
OMG people stop saying "Uh it`s shopped, tracks can`t bend that much", or "It`s heat expansion" blah blah blah. It was the Christchurch earthquake, I live in Christchurch, it shoke pretty hard. Here`s another angle of the same track being repaired, you bunch of sceptics:
[url]http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1283891355/631/4106631.jpg[url]
Now shut up about photoshop and heat, and accept it was an earthquake, please for the sake of your perceived intelligence
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Male 1,627
maybe it got wet and stretched?
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Male 253
I don`t know if someone`s already mentioned it, but this is totally legit. I frequent another forum which has, no joke, a legitimate train engineer. His post describing the occurrence:


Sun kink, aka a "thermal distortion" as the railroad likes to call them. I have seen them several times, and been over a few of them, although nothing like that. They are random, and can happen anywhere. The rail expands quite a bit, and they have joints to try and counter act it. During the winter, the rail contracts, and breaks. It`s not unusual in one night, on the Ravenna line, 130 miles of track, to have four broken rails in various places. Makes for a long night waiting for section to come out and lay down some thermite welds."
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Male 422
best comment ever domisgood

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Male 17,512
This still looks like a well done photoshop job.
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Male 27
This could happen if it was really hot, and whoever engineered the rails didn`t take that much expansion into account.
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Male 188
ok let me rephrase...

I worked for UP/SP during a few earthquakes and the repair in California after the damage. They don`t look like this after a quake, they look like picture from Alaska I linked. They are rolled out in a continuious "ribbon", thats why they are called ribbon rail.

The ties did not follow the track smoothly. I`m not saying its not possible, maybe they build from some kind of greasy ties in NZ and their steel is the same quality that the bridges are made of in 3rd world countries. Maybe then they would heat enough during a quake to do this sorta thing.. dunno.
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Female 108
Pretty sure this is NZ and pretty sure it`s shopped as well. THIS is what the tracks looked like after the 7.1 quake in Sept. Not only that but they are still having AT LEAST one aftershock a day, one of the 10 they had on Monday was 4.2

[url]http://www.aucklandtrains.co.nz/2010/09/06/pics-souths-twisted-tracks/
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Male 2
If it was shopped, we wouldn`t have this good of a view of the side of the rails, the wierd shadows by the rails are because the gravel shifted in between the wooden ties. I say real.
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Male 2,514
"I`m disappointed at how little people know about trains these days. These are continuous rails, laid out and then welded together to eliminate the `clackety-clack`, increase durability, and make it easier for train crews to find weak points. The ties are wood, the ballast is crushed stone, usually 1 to 3 inches average diameter. During an earthquake, the ground moves and the rails just slide around on the stones, like when your groceries go all over your trunk. On a side note, heat expansion can cause things that look the same. About ten years ago a commuter train derailed in New Jersey because of high temperatures in the DC area. The rails are all welded continuously from DC to New York. Also, if you don`t think steel bends,"

Personally, I`m disappointed that you believe steel could make this drastic of a bend in this little amout of space.

We are talking a 5 to 6 foot radius here. Not a few inches over 50 feet.

I think SHOPPED!
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Male 430
Someone`s pissed off at the union.
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Female 2
if its not shopped then why are there some inexplicable shadows? i`m confused :/
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Male 5
the reason it happened is because heat expansion of the tracks over a long distance.
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Male 2,290
Ignorance is ugly in any generation.
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Male 4,867
"I`m disappointed at how little people know about trains these days..."

your life, fcuk it.
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Male 2,868
"I`m disappointed at how little people know about trains these days."

Because knowing about trains is vitally important information for the average person in the 21st century. Don`t get me wrong, I love trains, but I really don`t have any need to know about how the tracks are put together.

However that video you linked to of the freighter in the storm is epic.
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Male 2,229
This is what happen when a rail line crosses a fault line, but this has already been stated...
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Male 319
I`m disappointed at how little people know about trains these days. These are continuous rails, laid out and then welded together to eliminate the `clackety-clack`, increase durability, and make it easier for train crews to find weak points. The ties are wood, the ballast is crushed stone, usually 1 to 3 inches average diameter. During an earthquake, the ground moves and the rails just slide around on the stones, like when your groceries go all over your trunk. On a side note, heat expansion can cause things that look the same. About ten years ago a commuter train derailed in New Jersey because of high temperatures in the DC area. The rails are all welded continuously from DC to New York. Also, if you don`t think steel bends,

watch this.
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Male 30
Everything unusual MUST be shopped... duh and you can tell it`s not Australia, noone`s shagging the sheep
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Male 422
Earthquake did a good job of perfectly bending that steel...
mutantsimon, you need to get shot!
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Male 44
not shopped. this is from the quake that hit Christchurch nz. You can tell its nz theres sheep...Chch Quake 2010
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Male 50
It was an earthquake. Learn to news.
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Male 741
I can see the pixels.
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Male 297
definitely `Shopped! For crying out loud it has shadows that aren`t connected to anything, for Christ`s sake. "Open your eyes, Luke."
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Male 41
Well, it`s so badly shopped it`s unbelievable, since there a clearly shadows that make no sense :L
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Male 188
This is shopped. Rails do bend sort of like this but the wood and concrete ties do not just wiggle in the ballast in harmony. They either get tore up, ripped away or moved violently.



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Male 417
Maybe they were drunk.
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Male 2,085
Ha, the poster got burned
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Male 28
Earthquake damage.
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Female 1,784
This was from an earthquake I think in New Zealand. But sitll funny none the less
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Male 11,740
Joe had one day left to work after being fired. They should have just sent him home instead. Revenge is sweet.
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Male 213
How`d you like to be cruising down the tracks at about 70mph & see that up ahead??
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Female 347
I was going to say that maybe they were trying to avoid a couple cows that refused to move, but I`d hate to be considered a moron for sharing any sarcastic wit.
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Male 541
Haha I`ll lmao trying to watch a train drive through that
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Male 606
Did any of you @$$holes stop to think Maybe they are fixing it??
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Male 2,033
Holy drat people are stupid. As already stated by about half the people here (who aren`t morons) this is earthquake damage. Specifically from the 2010 Christchurch/Canterbury earthquake (a 7.1).

There are literally HUNDREDS of historical photos showing similar damage to tracks from all over the world.

This particular photo was used frequently in media covering the cleanup efforts, specifically to illustrate how quickly KiwiRail was able to repair the damaged tracks (3 days!) and resume emergency service to Christchurch (including a much needed 300 000 liters of fresh water)

Here is a video of the same section of track under repair (around 0.52)
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Male 769
John Henry had a few beers that day...
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Male 3,745
either its shopped or due to the heat and too much metal being put down for tracks the metal expanded and couldnt take the presure...

funny either way
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Female 9,400
I`d like to know how that happened.
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Male 229
Hmmm, looks photoshopped to the max.
The liquify tool is all over this.
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Male 25,416
Its the hammer head, lets see if it has understeer!
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Male 1,587
tip- those beams? those really really heavy, steel ties? they don`t bend like that. they aren`t rubber. kind of useless if they could bend like that. So made bent or shopped.
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Male 1,312
They built the failway to Failsville
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Male 2,796
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Male 7
the tracks are on a fault line and when the ground moves the tracks move too
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Male 586
GLOBAL WARMING!
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Male 586
I`m not a photo expert by any means, but what is causing the shadow dead center in the middle bump? (It looks like A sine function lol)
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Male 136
not too sure about this... you can see ruts in the ground where the ties are supposed to be. looks like some rail road workers decided to have fun on the job one day
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Male 352
Btw, I am 95% confident that`s what is going on in this photo, I have seen like a dozen of these kinds of pictures during my thermodynamics class back in high school.
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Male 352
Rails that aren`t build with a certain amount of room to expand end up bending this way during especially hot summers when the metal expands and finds it has no room to grow in.

This happens.
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Female 1,623
Does this have to do with the fact that metal expands at high temperatures? It`s the only thing that comes to my mind right now but I`m probably wrong
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Male 375
I wonder if it is the railroad equivalent of a speed bump.
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Male 2,033
It is the result of earthquake damage. You can find pictures like this everywhere by using the googlemijigger.
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Male 56
earthquake!
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Male 92
Can you say Photoshop?
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Male 37,888
Magnete was here
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Male 2,553
Perhaps some oddball huge force pressed one or both ends toward eachother? :S

...the only thing I could think of, besides it being made like this on purpose. For whatever reason.
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Male 6,694
Maybe there was an earthquake.
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Female 1,780
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