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Date: 11/09/10 11:22 AM

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  1. Profile photo of Fancys_Asst
    Fancys_Asst Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Link: Someone`s Getting Fired At The Railroad Co. - How does this epic amount of failure even happen? And as far, it`s not `Shopped, as we`ve seen many `Shops before...
  2. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Maybe there was an earthquake.
  3. Profile photo of GRadde
    GRadde Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:28 am
    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.
  4. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Magnete was here
  5. Profile photo of maniacalg
    maniacalg Male 40-49
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:29 am
    Can you say Photoshop?
  6. Profile photo of Diablo-Gio
    Diablo-Gio Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:29 am
    earthquake!
  7. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:30 am
    It is the result of earthquake damage. You can find pictures like this everywhere by using the googlemijigger.
  8. Profile photo of NyQ
    NyQ Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:31 am
    I wonder if it is the railroad equivalent of a speed bump.
  9. Profile photo of Nocciolina
    Nocciolina Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:31 am
    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
  10. Profile photo of Thesphinx
    Thesphinx Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:32 am
    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.
  11. Profile photo of Thesphinx
    Thesphinx Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:33 am
    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.
  12. Profile photo of Durrell
    Durrell Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:35 am
    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
  13. Profile photo of raikun12
    raikun12 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:37 am
    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)
  14. Profile photo of raikun12
    raikun12 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:38 am
    GLOBAL WARMING!
  15. Profile photo of Sumus
    Sumus Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:40 am
    the tracks are on a fault line and when the ground moves the tracks move too
  16. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:40 am
    Maybe a better example
  17. Profile photo of Pheeshy5
    Pheeshy5 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:41 am
    They built the failway to Failsville
  18. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:50 am
    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.
  19. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:58 am
    Its the hammer head, lets see if it has understeer!
  20. Profile photo of Abandonnez
    Abandonnez Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:58 am
    Hmmm, looks photoshopped to the max.
    The liquify tool is all over this.
  21. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    I`d like to know how that happened.
  22. Profile photo of collegebound
    collegebound Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    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
  23. Profile photo of slab-of-rage
    slab-of-rage Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    John Henry had a few beers that day...
  24. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    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)
  25. Profile photo of Lukgeezy
    Lukgeezy Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    Did any of you @$$holes stop to think Maybe they are fixing it??
  26. Profile photo of beccab86
    beccab86 Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    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.
  27. Profile photo of putzco
    putzco Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    How`d you like to be cruising down the tracks at about 70mph & see that up ahead??
  28. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    Joe had one day left to work after being fired. They should have just sent him home instead. Revenge is sweet.
  29. Profile photo of Lorah
    Lorah Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    This was from an earthquake I think in New Zealand. But sitll funny none the less
  30. Profile photo of CzarElad
    CzarElad Male 40-49
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    Earthquake damage.
  31. Profile photo of Dad4Life
    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Ha, the poster got burned
  32. Profile photo of AtlasOtus
    AtlasOtus Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    Maybe they were drunk.
  33. Profile photo of Shadowkin
    Shadowkin Male 40-49
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    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.



  34. Profile photo of Burguntea01
    Burguntea01 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm
    Well, it`s so badly shopped it`s unbelievable, since there a clearly shadows that make no sense :L
  35. Profile photo of tyger9575
    tyger9575 Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    definitely `Shopped! For crying out loud it has shadows that aren`t connected to anything, for Christ`s sake. "Open your eyes, Luke."
  36. Profile photo of ChainsawNbud
    ChainsawNbud Male 50-59
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    November 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    I can see the pixels.
  37. Profile photo of Willsk84food
    Willsk84food Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    It was an earthquake. Learn to news.
  38. Profile photo of mutantsimon
    mutantsimon Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    not shopped. this is from the quake that hit Christchurch nz. You can tell its nz theres sheep...Chch Quake 2010
  39. Profile photo of RAGEMONSTER
    RAGEMONSTER Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    Earthquake did a good job of perfectly bending that steel...
    mutantsimon, you need to get shot!
  40. Profile photo of NZ_Life
    NZ_Life Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    Everything unusual MUST be shopped... duh and you can tell it`s not Australia, noone`s shagging the sheep
  41. Profile photo of November_Rai
    November_Rai Male 30-39
    321 posts
    November 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    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.
  42. Profile photo of BrimstoneOne
    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    This is what happen when a rail line crosses a fault line, but this has already been stated...
  43. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    "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.
  44. Profile photo of domisgood
    domisgood Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    "I`m disappointed at how little people know about trains these days..."

    your life, fcuk it.
  45. Profile photo of SPrinkZ
    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    Ignorance is ugly in any generation.
  46. Profile photo of jaminwelch
    jaminwelch Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    the reason it happened is because heat expansion of the tracks over a long distance.
  47. Profile photo of Lonelycat
    Lonelycat Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    if its not shopped then why are there some inexplicable shadows? i`m confused :/
  48. Profile photo of evilducky00
    evilducky00 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    Someone`s pissed off at the union.
  49. Profile photo of RobSwindol
    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    "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!
  50. Profile photo of mithrldragon
    mithrldragon Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    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.
  51. Profile photo of sirgurl
    sirgurl Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    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

    http://www.aucklandtrains.co.nz/2010/09/06/pics-souths-twisted-tracks/
  52. Profile photo of Shadowkin
    Shadowkin Male 40-49
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    November 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    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.
  53. Profile photo of Dak
    Dak Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    This could happen if it was really hot, and whoever engineered the rails didn`t take that much expansion into account.
  54. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    This still looks like a well done photoshop job.
  55. Profile photo of RAGEMONSTER
    RAGEMONSTER Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    best comment ever domisgood

  56. Profile photo of docwatson
    docwatson Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm
    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."
  57. Profile photo of Kaagan
    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    maybe it got wet and stretched?
  58. Profile photo of NZ_Life
    NZ_Life Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm
    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:
    http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1283891355/631/4106631.jpg
    Now shut up about photoshop and heat, and accept it was an earthquake, please for the sake of your perceived intelligence
  59. Profile photo of DethRose
    DethRose Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    Looks fun.
  60. Profile photo of shappy
    shappy Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    its the roadrunners doing
  61. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    "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:
    http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1283891355/631/4106631.jpg
    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...
  62. Profile photo of GuardinGnome
    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    @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.
  63. Profile photo of lisalezah
    lisalezah Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    Yup that looks familiar
  64. Profile photo of ROK9
    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm
    cooooool
  65. Profile photo of deadalus_NZ
    deadalus_NZ Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    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
  66. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 12:56 am
    @Pryankas come on at least try to look legit
  67. Profile photo of metalhannes
    metalhannes Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 2:03 am
    Well this was what our railroads looked like after a big earthquake.
    Thats my guess.
  68. Profile photo of bintish
    bintish Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 2:55 am
    No-one heard of expansion due to heat before?
  69. Profile photo of November_Rai
    November_Rai Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2010 at 3:46 am
    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.
  70. Profile photo of epiphany101
    epiphany101 Female 30-39
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    November 10, 2010 at 5:30 am
    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.
  71. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 6:31 am
    haha earthquake? that`s just the rails getting too hot and expanding
  72. Profile photo of TheiaRenown
    TheiaRenown Female 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 7:32 am
    Maybe moving tectonic plates?
  73. Profile photo of collinh
    collinh Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 8:48 am
    "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.
  74. Profile photo of collinh
    collinh Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 8:49 am
    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?
  75. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2010 at 9:39 am
    Yeah, that was the Christchurch quake as others have pointed out.
  76. Profile photo of bintish
    bintish Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 10:12 am
    "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.

  77. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2010 at 10:54 am
    bintish,

    It was the result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand. Linky.
  78. Profile photo of kula35
    kula35 Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 11:49 am
    Earthquake durr.
  79. Profile photo of bintish
    bintish Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    Saw that, Cheers Davy, Just hate idiots who claim bull on a possibility just because they don`t know any better.
  80. Profile photo of tangello
    tangello Female 13-17
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    November 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm
    You can totally tell it`s shopped, look at the rocks on the side of the railroad where they pulled it out.
  81. Profile photo of BrainBits
    BrainBits Male 30-39
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    November 11, 2010 at 1:51 am
    malvikasmili


    I hate spammers. More than a LOT of things.
  82. Profile photo of NinjaB0b
    NinjaB0b Male 18-29
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    November 11, 2010 at 2:36 am
    someone obviously wasnt paying attention in highschool physics
  83. Profile photo of lazerdude
    lazerdude Male 13-17
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    November 11, 2010 at 10:56 am
    Is it me or do some pics just get automatically put on I-A-B without anyone looking at them?
  84. Profile photo of mollyscary
    mollyscary Female 13-17
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    November 11, 2010 at 11:03 am
    I been working on dat railroad.
  85. Profile photo of uncle_jessie
    uncle_jessie Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    Earthquake...

    No really...that`s what caused this...an earthquake.
  86. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm
    It`s called a Sun Kink.
  87. Profile photo of charliew07
    charliew07 Male 13-17
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    November 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm
    omg this happened to a train that i go on every year. officialy scared.

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