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Railway Maintenance Vehicle Ride on the tracks. They go everywhere and will be mostly clear. Obstruction on the tracks? Hop off and drive around it. Build a living space and storage space in the large flatbed area. Extra bonus: Crane Arm. Use it to clear paths, load supplies and fight zombies. Most models change modes with just the push of a button! You ...


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What about a boat? (zombies can't swim right?) Europe has a pretty good river system and will get you to pretty much every big city. The two mechanics will have to deal with operating locks along the way, there's always a manual override. You can go with a group of two or three motor yachts or one large river cruise ship or converted freighter. Boats are ...


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Back in the day before portable electric lights, carbide lamps were used: A mechanism dripped water onto carbide, which then gave off acetylene gas, which burned in a controlled fashion. This was used for headlights on cars and bicycles and for miners' lamps, even for lighthouse lamps. Hence, this is an obvious answer to your question. Another option is to ...


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What about bicycles? They're quiet, they don't require finding fuel, they're maneuverable, they're easy to repair even for laymen, they can be used in multiple different types of terrain, and they're fast enough to outrun a traditional zombie hoard.


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Horses They are smart enough to not crash themselves on others, even if their riders are completely drunk.


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While the slope is quite obvious, I think you need something cooler, and more technological, to accelerate your Pinto. You don't have a steam engine (and no fancy colored steam), but you have horses and oxen. Those, though, are a bit on the slow side. But they are strong. Given enough horses or oxen, you will find yourself with plenty of power, but still ...


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I think it is because 3 contact points on a surface are the minimum to be stable and the maximum to not be statically indeterminate. To rephrase it, I am pretty sure you have already seen a four legged table or chair which was wobbling but never seen a three legged wobbling stool. It is because you can always find a plane which contains 3 random points in a ...


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You can't control your direction in a sailboat when there is just one current. Sailboats are only able to move into a different direction than the wind is blowing because they have a "second sail" under water, called a keel. The actual physics on a sailboat are a complex topic. But the bottom line is: When the aerodynamic force on the sail and the ...


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Depends on the car It also depends on luck, sometimes an EMP will do permanent damage, sometimes it won't. The chances are you'll blow a bunch of fuses at the very least. If you're running a diesel then it'll probably keep going. Not because the electronics are any more robust but because diesel doesn't actually need the glow plugs, it'll run on compression ...


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They soar. Your fairies fly 5 minutes, straight up. By timing their ascent to the right time of day the lightweight fairies can climb to altitude using thermals to give them a boost. Then they open the fan strapped onto their back, artificially extending their wingspan out to about 8 inches. Then they soar. It takes almost no energy to steer by leaning and ...


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Its 1885. Rockets. Black powder's pretty common, and I believe guncotton was a thing, if doc could find the materials. Stick a load of disposable, simple paper tubed rockets on the back of the car to give it a push. Could even use mr fusion moved sideways to stick the rockets in. Rocket science isn't just for the 70s ;). Not quite a delorean, and somewhat ...


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Yes. But... Beware the anti knock additive in petrol. Leaded gasoline was removed from most of the world between the 1970s and today. (It caused horrible health, developmental, and possibly even behavioural problems). Running a 1970s car on normal modern fuel will damage the engine. Additives will need to be added to the fuel, which are available at most car ...


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"They most likely couldn't tame creatures due to their size and the fact that most things that they could tame would just eat them." Why do you say that? We've domesticated horses and cows and tamed elephants, and they're much bigger than we are. And there are certainly zookeepers and similar professionals who have bonded with large predators as ...


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While the scenario painted may seem quite bizarre and downright deadly, the fact of the matter is, minimal traffic regulation does not necessarily mean you need to drive an Challenger 2 Tank just to make it home from your downtown office park every day! As a matter of fact, we in the Traffic Tabulation Bureau have conducted a comprehensively exhaustive ...


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from wikipedia: "About 71% of Earth's surface is covered with water, mostly by oceans." So take away a couple of continents, and you have 85%. If only Europe existed, that would mean roughly 98% of the Earth covered in Oceans and there would still be trains in it. ETA to address comments: trains in a world mostly covered with water would have the same ...


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I suggest a heavy rescue vehicle. (a type of specialty firefighting or emergency medical services apparatus, primarily designed to provide the specialized equipment necessary for technical rescue situations such as traffic collisions requiring vehicle extrication, building collapses, confined space rescue, rope rescues and swiftwater rescues. They carry an ...


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Tractors, moonshine, rolling starts Tractors. A tractor would be a good post-apocalyptic vehicle. You should not be madmaxing down the road at 100 mph after the apocalpyse, because stuff might be in the road. Tractors can go over or around stuff, or across fields. It seems to me like tractors keep their tires a long time. Google turned up this: of ...


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Go big: find a Haul truck from a quarry or mine. (Image source) Even just the size will make it hard for the zombies to climb. You'd probably want to weld on some additional stoppers. The height makes it easy to spot and shoot any approaching zombies from far away. The size means that you can take pretty much anything you need with you, any amount of ...


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Fuel expires, tyres rot, most importantly: batteries go flat. Most of my cars of recent years have been inaccessible with a flat battery, even trying the key in the lock gets you nowhere because that apparently just sends a signal to the servo to open the lock. (Information from direct experience) Fuel, a few months Coolant can last a decade or more Tyres ...


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The seat covers? When you compare a 2017 tank with a 1917 tank, you will see many differences. These are not just because those silly people in 1917 didn't think of a turret with a big gun and a sloped glacis. They were unable to come up with good engines and transmissions that could haul armor plate to resist cannon shots, resistance against rifle shots was ...


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It has to be a motorbike... Having just been to the Philippines (and I imagine many southeast Asian and over populated areas are also like this), Motor bikes are everywhere and small enough to slip between cars, yet large enough that a car won't hit you because your going to damage it. In particular, I would recommend a Dirt Bike because it has the ...


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I've got what I think is a nice easy answer - you NEED the rails. Yes, you need the fire, you need the water to create the steam, but unless you are running on the enchanted rails, you aren't going anywhere! Perhaps the rails provide the magical "oomph" to turn a normal fire into something that can provide a high enough steam pressure, perhaps managing ...


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A seaplane can fly 10 people plus supplies 1000km before refueling. Takeoffs are loud but relatively safe as any attracted zombies will slip below the waterline. Landings are more dangerous but relatively quiet if you cut engines at high altitude. The downside is needing to row to shore.


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Bikes. Although humans are not as smart as horses when it comes to not crashing against each other, bikes are cheaper to acquire and maintain, and will generally keep the streets clearer. Drivers can also benefit from the exercise. Also, this being about Britain, I had a certain song from Queen on my mind while typing this. Bicycle races are coming your ...


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Diesel is your freind here. The diesel engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil. In fact there are conversion kits out there that can modify various diesel engines to run on used vegetable oil. All you have to do is filter the crud out. Granted, it made your car smell like a McDonalds as you drove around, and your friends could smell your car ...


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The obvious retro answer would be to use carbide lamps which work by dripping water onto a chamber of calcium carbide producing acetylene as was used on the original versions of the Model T Ford: Copyright Royce CaC2(solid) + 2H2O(liquid) -> C2H2(gas) + Ca(OH)2(aqueous) However, since the Calcium Carbide is made using an electric arc furnace, there may be ...


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It seems all the individualists have missed a trick here. You have to get from A to B as fast as possible when there are no traffic laws. Which means if you want to get anywhere, the only valid answer is not to use the roads at all. Admittedly it's only a rail"road" in US English, and we're in the UK The real answer in the average city is of course to ...


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The effort to make a magic-engine doesn't have to scale linearly, so to make a small magic-engine still takes a long time to do. You could justify this in many ways. For instance that every engine require certain base enchantments to support the main power generating "burner" and these base enchants aren't affected by size because they're simply the magical ...


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On a very fundamental level, the Romans would completely lack the means of replicating ceramic armor or complex alloys used in most modern MBTs even if you gave them a pamphlet explaining what they were and how they were made. Just reinventing the process that goes into the manufacture of modern materials would be a bigger task than assembling the tank ...


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Use Maglev trams and trains. They are free from the issues that wheeled transport would have. Increased braking distances for trains and cars on Mars would be a literal killer.


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