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A train driver in LA purposefully ran his locomotive off the rails in an (apparent) attempt to ram the hospital ship. The locomotive GROUND to a halt (see what I did there?) less than 1/4 mile from the ship.

Do some people have Trump Derangement Syndrome so bad that they don't realize that you can't drive a locomotive across dirt and pavement?

This guy was seriously derailed.

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/port-of-l-a-engineer-intentionally-derailed-train-in-attempted-attack-on-usns-mercy-federal-prosecutors-say/

No word yet on Rachel Maddow's progress on laying new track.
 

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This can be considered a terrorist act, if they care to charge him with it. Hope he gets the Max, twenty years at least.
 

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"Do some people have Trump Derangement Syndrome so bad that they don't realize that you can't drive a locomotive across dirt and pavement?"

You can drive a train on pavement but not across dirt.
In northern Canada , when there is a long term power failure it is common to have the railroad park and hook up a locomotive to the town power system. The only real damage is that quite often the train wheels will leave ruts in the pavement.
 

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"Do some people have Trump Derangement Syndrome so bad that they don't realize that you can't drive a locomotive across dirt and pavement?"

You can drive a train on pavement but not across dirt.
In northern Canada , when there is a long term power failure it is common to have the railroad park and hook up a locomotive to the town power system. The only real damage is that quite often the train wheels will leave ruts in the pavement.
It stands to reason that if the surface is hard enough to hold the weight and it has traction, a locomotive engine can move without being on rails but, how do they steer them?
 

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It stands to reason that if the surface is hard enough to hold the weight and it has traction, a locomotive engine can move without being on rails but, how do they steer them?
You do it one of two ways.
The first is to use a set of derailers . It is the same tool that you use to put a train on the tracks if it ever falls off. ( happens quite often)

If there are no derailers ( should be two on every engine) then you use a set of jacks and jack up the front of the engine and push the engine nose in the direction you want to go. You have to do this several time to go around a curve or change the direction of where you want to go.

Think of it this way. Your truck is stuck in a rut. You use a set of farm jacks and jack up the rear of the truck. Then once the wheels are off the ground you simply push the truck sideways and it falls off the jacks and you have now change the direction of the rear end of the truck. Do it enough times and you could turn the truck completly around. Get the idea?
 

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What a maroon.
The train would've started falling into the bay before it ever hit the ship.
Government ploy? Yeah, they're going to keep everyone aboard and feed them LSD every day for 10 years.
 

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I think his train of thought was derailed a long time ago...
 

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It stands to reason that if the surface is hard enough to hold the weight and it has traction, a locomotive engine can move without being on rails but, how do they steer them?
There is no manually steering in a train engine as in there is no streering wheel. A trains engine along with the hauling carriages are guided by the rails, but the engine along with carriages trucks which hold the wheels are allowed to pivot so as follow curves in the track.
 
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