Topic moved from General by dthead on 10 Oct 2016 21:40
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
What happens in case of a fire or explosion, either through a technical fault (e.g. electrical), accidental (smoker in the toilet, children playing with matches...) or intentional (suicidal religious extremists looking to get media attention by taking out 5000 people in one smouldering, underground hit)? Current international best practice dictates that there must always be a rescue tunnel. Following the Mont Blanc Tunnel fire all European road tunnels that were single tube have been duplicated or retrofitted with a parallel escape tunnel. In less than 60km the Mt. Gothard Base Tunnel, which is double tube, has two intermeduiate rescue stations and three access tunnels. Even a mere electrical fault and breakdown could leave thousands of people in complete darkness for hours, up to 150km from an access point along a tunnel that regular rescue vehicles cannot use. There's also the problem of reducing the air pressure outside the stranded capsule to allow for a safe evacuation. Having a second tube may make your project more expensive but will provide an easy answer to these problems as well as resolving all the operational problems already mentioned.

http://www.tunneltalk.com/Fire-safety-Jun01-Mont-Blanc-highway-fire-reconstruction.php

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  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

As Magtube is a railway there would be no petrol or diesel

I doubt that America will ever have maglev as they want it to stop at too many stations and they have too many rules and Australia may wait until it has been proven in a less conservative country

If the sea level pressure had to be restored then that could happen while the breakdown  crew comes in wearing high altitude masks

Passengers could always transfer to the other train if necessary

Regular inspections would have to be done as on aircraft

Each train holds up to 3,000 but generally there would be half that
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
I was more worried about troublemakers taking petrol or other flammables on board, spilling it everywhere then cracking a match. Just as devastating as doing it on a plane if you're hundreds of metres underground. You'd have to have security checks to match the airports, then your time advantage is lost. What about animal intrusion? People will take pets on board, a few will get lost and then breed and you'll have feral cat and dog colonies in your tunnel. Some with vermin. You won't be able to keep rats and insects out and this could cause havoc with the vacuum system. You'll need some sort of filtering system, maybe a big version of something from Bunnings? Lots of wombats in the areas the tunnel will cross too, and they're capable of doing serious damage to houses and fencing, so your tunnel may not be strong enough to resist and if they dig in and break the seal, all that pressure, KABOOM! I hope your plan includes VERY heavy duty wombat proof walls.
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

You gotta be joking
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
No. Your scheme gives terrorists the opportunity to take out 3000 people in an underground inferno. Seriously address this MAJOR problem or forget your idea. Some serious responses to Valvegear's points, rather than childish haughty insults, would also help. This proposal currently looks as idiotic as Parrahub.
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

I have spoken to a Queensland top engineer building the new games complex and he said Parrahub ticks all the boxes

There is little difference between a terrorist taking out a Magtube carriage with 200 people than one doing the same to a DD carriage in a single tunnel elswhere

Yes the 15 minutes trains spend in Magtube stations may give security more time but if we allow them to take away our freedom then they have won
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
What new games complex? What boxes?

You said your cannister would usually have about 1500 people, not 200. Single tunnels in NSW have a parallel tunnel that can used as an escape tunnel, and there is always an egress point within a few dozen metres of any point. Your idea would have no easy escape point. People could be stranded 150km from an exit.

Need to arrive 45 mins before departure for check in and security procedures, plus probably an extra 30 mins for traffic and parking problems. Sad!
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

The commonwealth games

His exact words were it covers shopping parking accomodation public transport plus value adding so it ticks all the boxes


It was thanks to your feedback I realised it had to be carriages and that allowed passing loops at stations
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Has the Japanese PM responded to your correspondence yet?
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

I do not think Japan would be interested in Magtube as they want to use skinny trains in big single tunnels with far more stops than Melbourne, Albury, Canberra and Parramatta but they probably would be keen to sell their magglev technology if it looked like we were fair dinkum and it did not compete with their thing
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
On 10 0ct 2016 you said you'd said the Japan PM an email. Did you or did you not? I suggest sending one to Prince Charles. He likes to be associated with eco friendly projects, he loves new technology. Is an animal lover, and has plenty of contacts who could help get your project off (or rather, under) the ground. He also like a to be seen as a man of the people so I reckon its worth a go contacting him.
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

That is correct and although he did not respond to me he did visit Australia shortly after but obviously they either did not discuss Magtube or they felt it was unworkable.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
. . .obviously they either did not discuss Magtube or they felt it was unworkable.
"eddyb"
Not either/or; it's both. They didn't discuss it because it's unworkable.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
I have spoken to a Queensland top engineer building the new games complex
"eddyb"
How do you know he's a top engineer?
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

He must be good to get his job
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

Also valvegear how would you know if Magtube would work or not
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
If the Japanese PM visited shortly after you sent the email then it probably had an influence and they might have mentioned your project. Maybe a public announcement hasn't been made yet because the share prices of construction companies, Bunnings etc. would skyrocket and to stop real estate speculation around potential station sites. Not joking about wombats. I've got a plot of land near Wingello, right where this canister will be passing,  and those mongrels can dig through anything. No going around either for them, it's straight through and no stopping till any fence, wall or whatever is totally wrecked.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
Also valvegear how would you know if Magtube would work or not
eddyb
Because of all the problems which I and others like billybaxter have listed and you have completely failed to answer with any evidence whatsoever.  This lack of proper answers was also pointed out by billybaxter not too far back in this thread.
Unfortunately, Eddy, there's an old saying, "All P1ss and wind like the barber's cat." That's what we've been getting. You "think"; you "believe", you "are pretty confident" and so on. Still not one shred of decent engineering evidence at all, and you wonder why nobody believes you.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
He must be good to get his job
"eddyb"
That shows how much you know about the industry. If you saw some of the rubbish I get in specifications from Consulting Engineers' offices almost every week, you'd sing a different tune.
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

It surprises me how people accept Hyperloop which I believe cannot work due to capacity, expansion and g force but reject the Magtube proposal
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
It surprises me that anyone expects us to believe something without any concrete evidence whatsoever.
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

If you want concrete evidence you use last century HSR

This is cutting edge or as some say the bleeding edge

Big money if it works but it must be thought through thoroughly
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Just one set of serious numbers, one link to a credible, verifiable source (i.e. not 'my mate who's a top boffin') Eddy. Just one. You've spent enough time massaging completely unrealistic figures and dodging any request to give solid facts. No more platitudes, no more babbling on about nonsense, no more links to pictures that look like a year 7 science project, just give one solid source that supports this idea. Do that or at least have the courage to admit the whole thing is nothing more than hallucinations coming from your fevered degenerate brain. Just. One. I'm betting your next post is another pathetic appeal to grand ideas or rubbishing 'last century' technology with not a shred of evidence to support what is essentially mag-foamers tosspot material.
  eddyb Assistant Commissioner

Just one set of serious numbers, one link to a credible, verifiable source (i.e. not 'my mate who's a top boffin') Eddy. Just one. You've spent enough time massaging completely unrealistic figures and dodging any request to give solid facts. No more platitudes, no more babbling on about nonsense, no more links to pictures that look like a year 7 science project, just give one solid source that supports this idea. Do that or at least have the courage to admit the whole thing is nothing more than hallucinations coming from your fevered degenerate brain. Just. One. I'm betting your next post is another pathetic appeal to grand ideas or rubbishing 'last century' technology with not a shred of evidence to support what is essentially mag-foamers tosspot material.
billybaxter
If NWRL tunnels cost $38m per kilometer http://www.cimic.com.au/our-business/projects/north-west-rail-link then three single tunnels from Sydney to Melbourne would be $30b
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Do you have any Idea of the cost of building tunnels In Melbourne ground conditions Is ?

Through the hard basalt plains, North of the City !
No Sydney sandstone there.

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