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Old 04 January 2013, 04:48 AM
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Comment: I just drove through the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 in Colorado. I
heard a rumor that when they were building the tunnel a boring machine
went off cpourse, got stuck and they couldn't get it out. So they they
just buried it and left it under/beside the tunnel inside the mountain. I
couldn't find anything about this. Is it true?
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Old 04 January 2013, 07:27 AM
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I'd say fake. Those machines don't run like cartoon moles, they are slow, very slow, and the alignment is constantly checked. It would have been stopped before it even got a few centimeters off course. Also, those machines are extremely expensive, so you don't just bury it if it would somehow get stuck, you disassemble it and remove it piece by piece if you have to.
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Old 04 January 2013, 09:19 AM
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I don't know about this specific case, but isn't it standard for one boring machine to be sacrificed when two meet in the middle.
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Old 04 January 2013, 02:19 PM
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Yeah the boring ones always get left behind. *Remembers his teenage years and shudders*
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Old 04 January 2013, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Mad Jay View Post
Yeah the boring ones always get left behind. *Remembers his teenage years and shudders*
Bravo, Jay!
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Old 04 January 2013, 06:30 PM
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Apparently they leave borers in the NYC subway after work is completed.
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Old 04 January 2013, 07:56 PM
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It's my understanding that those boring machines are constructed for each specific task, so there's no point in retrieving one when the job's done. But I could be wrong.
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Old 04 January 2013, 02:21 PM
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Hopefully after a Thunderdome style deathmatch?

"Two borers enter! One borer leaves! Two borers enter! One borer leaves!"
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