Engines & Equipment

Engines and construction equipment are all complex machines. How do some of these engines work, and how do they help us construct buildings and structures?

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Where should I sit to get the best ride on a roller coaster?

You've waited in line, and now it's time to board the roller coaster for the thrill ride of your life. If you're lucky enough to get to pick your seat, which car should you choose for the best ride experience?


Who Rides Passenger Trains in the U.S. These Days?

In 2015, the U.S. population numbered 320 million, but less than 10 percent of those people rode the rails. So who does?

A Train That Goes Nowhere Could Change How We Store Energy

Storing renewable, reliable energy is a big challenge, but the ARES company has a novel solution: Use a rock-filled train that doesn't go anywhere.

As New Personal Transports Arrive, Let's Acknowledge What the Segway Got Right

Though often chided as goofy, the Segway set the stage for the current generation of skateboards, hoverboards and other people-moving tech.

How Ramjets Work

Imagine whipping through the sky at thousands of miles per hour. This special type of jet engine can do exactly that.

How the Hyperloop Works

Ready for a fifth mode of transportation? Elon Musk is. He's sketched out a proposal for a nearly supersonic transportation system that could shoot you from San Francisco to Los Angeles faster than you can watch an episode of "Game of Thrones."

8 Benefits of High-speed Trains

One of the key pieces of infrastructure that we could really use in the U.S. is a high speed, efficient, and effective train system.

How does public transportation help the environment?

In January 2004, the citizens of Milan, Italy, were preparing for a strike that would shut down all public transportation. Since an estimated 28 percent of greater Milan’s 3 million populace relied heavily on public transit, the strike meant gridlock for most of the city.

How Cement Mixers Work

Few are unfamiliar with the mixer trucks that transport concrete from the factory to the construction site. How do they keep that stuff from hardening while they move?

How Steam Shovels Work

Antique steam shovels can still be found rusting away at old mining sites or painstakingly restored and on display in museums the world over. How much do you know about these mammoth-sized digging tools?

How Forklifts Work

Forklifts are a necessary tool in most warehouses, shipping depots and manufacturing facilities. In fact, without forklifts, we wouldn't be able to move manufactured goods nearly as efficiently as we do today.