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Are hexagonal based tiling cities still possible?

I’m glad I could find some other people on the internet that have these kind of ideas as well. I am also in no way qualified within the field of civil engineering just interested in this specific ...
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Really-High-Speed Train for Kids

In a country where a majority of the population is children (like, for example, Niger), and where the terrain is often mountainous, engineers build a very-high speed train (say, 500-1000 km/hr), with ...
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Would a locomotive on ice (like in The Polar Express) move?

In the Polar Express film, there is a scene where the Polar Express runs off the tracks onto a frozen-over lake, which supports it and doesn't collapse even after the locomotive tilting and hitting ...
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Would Armoured Trains be effective in a city with a extremely well developed rail network?

Would Armoured Trains be effective for direct combat in a city with a extremely well developed rail network? This city has a rail a mostly above ground network built around the concept that there ...
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If I build a railroad around the edge of a supercontinent, will that kill the oceangoing shipping industry?

Suppose, for a moment, that there is a human inhabited supercontinent. The planet that this supercontinent is on does not have any large landmasses which are more than 10 KM from the primary continent ...
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Are steam locomotives more viable than diesel in a post-apocalypse?

So, context: This is some time after the apocalyptic event, and society has had a little time to re-build. The apocalyptic event in question physically destroyed a large number of cities, and killed ...
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What environmental conditions would result in Crude oil being far easier to access than coal?

So, A bit of a long winded explanation: I am designing a world that is meant to be both nostalgic and alien; A world that is familiar enough at first glance, but has many differences to ours. One ...
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