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Toy train stories are like number 13 buses - you wait ages for one and then two turn up at once. Following our report earlier this week on wooden train outfit Bigjigs' audacious bid to run the West Coast Mainline franchise, we received news of a US dad who dispatched his young son's model locomotive to the stratosphere. It seems …

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Express train to space, mind the gap!

Oh that's excellent.

Loved the video.

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Re: Express train to space, mind the gap!

Mind the gap? No-one said that to Felix Baumgartner?

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Awesome video!

Adding animations is a definite winner!

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Could've been a disaster

It's all very cool, but what would have happened if it had landed 'Stanley' first on a hard surface?

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That would've been a puff-puff snuff movie.

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we need a Ringo Starr voiceover

"Luckily, no-one was hurt"

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A quick bit of very trainspotterish research reveals Stanley is a hybrid design based on tank engines produced by Leeds manufacturers Hudswell Clarke, and Kitson

Or more likely a quick bit of lawyerish research would probably reveal that Stanley is a train name that is not a trademark of Britt Alcroft

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Brilliant!

The animations made it.

[Couldn't help thinking that the B3TA version would have had Stanley dying of hypoxia, though...]

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Seen it before but very much worth a look again. The animation was a terrific enhancement, a real feel good movie. Thanks!

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Plus several million out of ten for style!

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Great

The animations were very good, will show to my children tonight.

BTW don't knock our railways too much, there were quite a few very clever people involved.

So we started the tilting trains, worlds fastest steam & Diesel, steam heavy freight locos capable of an easy 90mph, most powerful Diesel in 50s and 60s at less than half the weight of the most powerful US loco, and most recent a heavy freight Diesel specifically designed to out pull the equivalent US design.

Be proud of them

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The only all-British satellite launch used a booster that was fuelled by kerosene and hydrogen peroxide, the hydrogen peroxide decomposing over a catalyst to produce a very hot mix of oxygen and steam.

As propellant mixes go, it isn't so good, but a steam rocket is rather British.

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Actually the Kerosene and Hydrogen Peroxide propellant mix was specifically shosen because is is a "cold" fuel, the expansion (that produces the thrust) is caused by chemical decomposition over the catalyst and not by compustion (as in the NASA stuff). This resulted in less heat sheilding and a reduced requirment for blast-proofing at the launch pad, iirc.

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Irrespective - steam propulsion *is* quintessentially British.

I wonder if the designers felt chuffed after launch?

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Excellent video and all that :) Especially the animations.

Hope the wee Sir will remember this for a long time to come :)

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Dangerous?

Its great that people do these home experiments!... but the "I can do it too" factor is getting a bit old now.

Also the increase in people doing this is dangerous. What would happen if that thing had fallen onto a Motorway? or landed on somebodies head?

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Have a downvote for your pooh-poohing of this, and your use of "somebodies"

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Agreed. Looks like somebodies got out of the wrong side of bed this morning.

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OK my spelling and grammar are bad!

But seriously, what would happen if this thing fell some place dangerous?

Are these people insured?

What precautions are taken to avoid accidents?

Accelerating from the edge of space and landing on a person/car/home is going to cause a lot of damage :P

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Seriously .... listed/read to this

german.about.com/library/blmus_nena99luftbE.htm

www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=99%20luftballons%20lyrics&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDYQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZLIn0JNC57c&ei=tg3wUM_-GNGU0QXTxoDwDw&usg=AFQjCNF0VXFEmZxM3idM4m48aqTaRJDayg&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.d2k

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If you are that worried why don't you read the youtube video text where he explicitly explains why it wasnt dangerous?! Or take it for the amusing video it is and relax

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They don't accelerate all the way from space - they accelerate a bit, then slow* with a parachute, then slow further as the air gets thicker.

* Yes I know slowing is acceleration, but clearly not in the way that "K" meant.

Landing on stuff is one of the things you look at when you release a balloon - you look at the weather patterns all the way up if you can (and with the internet you can get some idea). Sometimes it will be wrong, but that's why you do it in the middle of nowhere, not from a London rooftop.

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Yeah, sometimes you can get it a bit wrong...I dunno, like something splashing down in the sea off the south coast when it was meant to comfortably land in the Hampshire/Sussex countryside :)

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"Accelerating from the edge of space and landing on a person/car/home is going to cause a lot of damage"

Meh. Meteorites come in from a space a lot more often than trains do, and people don't get all steamed up about the risk of being hit by one of them.

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K, it's Friday & you are being a real downer. People like you are keeping people from having fun & getting the children involved in science. Think of the children fool.

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Be quiet! The only thing I could moan about was the Dad's rather annoying trendy beard but I bet he's a real hero to his kid and the the kid's mates at school as well.

If this convinces his kid or just one kid in his son's school to follow a career in science, I'll let the Dad's beard thing go!

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True. It's a miracle we didn't take out some passing ship.

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True. Fortunately, because of timing, we didn't tie the Hindenber to the titanic...

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"Steamed". Hehhehhehhehheh.

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I was going to post a well-considered rebuttal to your posts but, in the end, the best I can come up with is:

Oh, fuck off, you miserable bastard!

Countdown to similarly 'sucking-last-ounce-of-fun-out-of-life' legislation outlawing "Unauthorised Launching of High Altitude Craft" for Health & Safety or Anti-Terrorist reasons in ten... nine... eight...

Meanwhile back in the 'having an ounce of humanity' part of the human race: Kudos to that dad for giving his wee boy a magical memory he'll treasure for the rest of his life.

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The music reminds me of another railways related piece called "Dumb ways to die." :-)

Absolutely brilliant stuff...looks like I'm going to have to raid my collection of old mobiles and son's toy trains ... all in the name of science which ain't a bad thing!

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Mmm, contibutor name looks well dodgy

The contibutor name looks like a bit of a concotion.

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Concocktion?

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Cool dad

I feel slightly inadequate now.

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Lovely, Thanks, Lester!

Brilliant video! Great Friday evening entertainment! Appreciated!

(Anyone know what tool they used for the animation? Got a small non-paying project that could use effects like this...)

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Re: Lovely, Thanks, Lester!

According to the guy, Photoshop and After Effects

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Software used.

Yeah. It'll be After Effects. Part of my day job involves teaching it to animation students. Great piece of software. Think Photoshop, but extended into the dimension of time*

[*that was meant to sound a bit SciFi].

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This is why I visit The Reg!

In case I missed out on a viral video from 5 months back. Really? A story from August 2012?

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"Really? A story from August 2012?"

Well, indeed. It's a great video, but it was a great video when it turned up in my social media 5 months ago.

Where is el Reg getting its stories from? Are you trawling through ancient copies of broadsheets' technology pages in dentists' waiting rooms? Have you considered getting a twitter feed and doing a bit of web-surfing yourselves? I hear it's quite the coming thing.

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That is a most well-thought out project and a stunningly well-thought-out video. Not only was the staging perfect, the animation was wonderful and the music was excellently appropriate and low-key. The kid will have a wonderful bit of memorabilia to show later in life.

It should be required viewing for all those who thought that Colostomy Explosion was perfect for their "scale model aircraft in flight over pastoral scene" or "Lego Project Build" video.

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Now, son...

Now son, go clean your room or I will take away your favorite toy...and SEND IT INTO SPAAAACE!

(Actually, now that I think about it, I think I would have been a lot more motivated as a kid if my parents had said "Son, if you clean your room, we'll take your favorite toy and send it into space!")

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Cheers to the Little Engine that Could!

I wonder what it was going through its mind as it floated off to space. "I think I can... I think I can..."?

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RUN! IT'S AN ALIEN!!!!

Aliens always land in cornfields. Dead give-away.

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All ego's aside

I would love to do something like this but, What if it did land on someones head ?

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