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The problem with steam is the time and energy it takes time to build steam. You would have to start with water, and it takes a significant amount of energy to turn water into steam. If you are burning fuel, the rate you can make steam is limited by the amount of energy in the fuel and how fast you can burn it. … » 8/19/14 4:44pm Yesterday 4:44pm

Thanks for posting, that brings back memories. We used to go to the Willow Run airshow every year when I was a kid. I'm having flashbacks to a full afterburner F-14 flyby. IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!! » 8/19/14 4:01pm Yesterday 4:01pm

With the lead locomotive completely dead and no other locomotives running, the air brake system slowly bleeds pressure until the combined air brakes and seven hand brakes can no longer hold the train on the ~1% descending grade.

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I don't think you'd see any significant difference in cylinder wear. The frictional loading will be the same regardless of whether or not there is a combustion event. The thermal loading probably wouldn't be all that different either. The block will conduct heat internally very well and the coolant will do a good… » 8/18/14 4:30pm Monday 4:30pm

Go with studless tires. Studded tires only help on ice and can be worse in snow and on dry roads. I run studless tires on my STI and have never had an issue living in an area that averages well over 200" annually. We have had close to 300" the last two winters and I've had no problems getting around with studless… » 8/18/14 2:46pm Monday 2:46pm

Not to take away from the Finns, but they did actually have foreign support during the Winter War. Mostly material supplies, but some countries did supply volunteer troops as well. » 8/18/14 2:20pm Monday 2:20pm

GM actually made a concept with this feature. It was a dually width axle with only outboard wheels. By doing that they made the inside of the bed without having to resort to wheel well intrusions. IIRC they didn't do it because it would have been cost prohibitive. I can't find any pictures of it because my… » 8/18/14 12:07pm Monday 12:07pm

Oppo tunes - Dropkick Murphy's edition

This showed up in my YouTube recommended queue. If you click through to watch on YouTube it should autoplay the whole playlist for you. Just a little palate cleanser if the pop posts overnight/weekend are too much for you. It is the Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping up to Boston" playlist. » 8/18/14 10:02am Monday 10:02am

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