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inflatable subway portal plug

Postby Charliemta » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:16 pm

Interesting article on new inflatable plug developed to protect subway portals during floods:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170621170156.htm
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby BandA » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:59 am

I can see it now: "subway shut down due to accidental deployment of portal plug by teenagers"
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:07 am

BandA wrote:I can see it now: "subway shut down due to accidental deployment of portal plug by teenagers"



Yeah, good thing they are portable. That means that hopefully they aren't stored in the tunnels and deployed by crews only when needed.
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby Rbts Stn » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:24 am

Only took them 2.5 years from when I suggested it!


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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby BandA » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:45 pm

The MBTA is all about customization, but not innovation. Except for those snow plow bobcat hirails, but that was one man's innovation.
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:03 pm

BandA wrote:The MBTA is all about customization, but not innovation. Except for those snow plow bobcat hirails, but that was one man's innovation.



So no doodlebugs on the horizon?
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:52 pm

Amtrak and NYCTA could have used those plugs around the time Sandy made it's way up the east coast.
There would not been the problems that surfaced after Sandy damaged the tunnels.
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby Aerie » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:02 pm

If I remember correctly from a tour I took, during WW2 the London Underground installed flood gates on all the tunnels under the Thames, which were closed during air raids.
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby BandA » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:26 am

RenegadeMonster wrote:
BandA wrote:The MBTA is all about customization, but not innovation. Except for those snow plow bobcat hirails, but that was one man's innovation.



So no doodlebugs on the horizon?
Nor hi-rail diesel/electric buses, sadly. As much as we make fun of it, this inflatable plug is a good idea! Or a giant rubber stopper.
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Re: inflatable subway portal plug

Postby jbvb » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:27 pm

After Hurricane Sandy, I recall reading about a big water-balloon plug they had for one of the NYC tunnels - didn't stand up to the pressure differential as the water outside rose.
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