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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Rides on Elon Musk's Hyperloop Coming in December

Want to be one of the first to take a ride on the Boring Co.'s hyperloop? You're in luck.

Should We Be Jittery About Train Travel?

Train crashes are in the news lately, but are our fears justified?

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.

Does private transport have a future?

Science-fiction movies like "Minority Report" show people taking individual public transportation to get around the city. Would people ever give up their cars for a less-convenient mode of travel?

How Oil Tankers Work

Oil tankers carry massive amounts of oil, gasoline and other petroleum products between ports. However, crewmembers must guard against explosions, pirates and more.

How Trains Work

We humans are mobile. Long before flight, FusionMan or even your average automobile arrived on the scene, trains were transporting us all over civilization. How did we get from horse-drawn carts to high-speed trains?

How does a water cannon work?

Before water cannons, firefighters hauled bucket after bucket of water to squelch flames. So why are law enforcement officials grateful for them?

How Jet Packs Work

We may fantasize about soaring through the sky, but humans aren't aerodynamic creatures. Could human flight be possible with personal jet packs?

What's the Segway recall about?

Segway Inc. announced on Thursday that it's recalling all of the scooters it has sold since the Segway went on the market in 2002.

ATV Factory Tour

What does it take to build an ATV? We visited the Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation ATV factory in Rome, Georgia, to find out.

How Radial Engines Work

A radial engine has a unique setup that makes it ideal for certain applications. Find out what makes radial engines different, how they operate and where they're used.

How Elevators Work

In action movies, elevators regularly plummet to the basement, landing in a spectacular ball of fire. Is this possible? There are some sophisticated engineering techniques at work behind every elevator ride you take.

How Escalators Work

You probably ride escalators all the time, but do you know how they move, and flatten, and keep the handrail in synch with the steps? Find out exactly what is going on inside an escalator.

How Segways Work

At first glance, it looks like a high-tech scooter. But people who have tried out the Segway claim that it is much, much more. Find out what's going on inside the Segway and what makes it so unique.

How Fire Engines Work

We see them all the time, but do you ever think about everything these machines do? A fire engine is a combination personnel carrier, tool box and water tanker. Learn all about this amazing 3-in-1 machine.

How Hydraulic Cranes Work

Hydraulic cranes perform seemingly impossible tasks, lifting 70-ton objects with absolute ease. See the simple design behind the Herculean results.


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