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Why Can't Trains Go Uphill? | James May's Q&A | Earth Lab

Published on Jul 19, 2013 3,535,835 views

James May looks at why trains can't go uphill!


Taken from James May's Q&A Ep 30

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  • Guitarfollower22
    Guitarfollower22 2 года назад has a huge midterm tomorrow decides to watch why trains can't go uphill
  • Reuben Steel
    Reuben Steel 2 года назад How'd it go man?
  • NUhn Aff Yar Buziness
    NUhn Aff Yar Buziness 2 года назад he went downhill
  • Fatalist
    Fatalist 2 года назад and I am currently earning for exams next week....damn university :D
  • Braydon Collins
    Braydon Collins 2 года назад Lol same
  • RedGaming Studio
    RedGaming Studio 8 месяцев назад lol ur profile picture
  • fabian gonzalez
    fabian gonzalez 6 месяцев назад Priority’s on point
  • xd zexxy
    xd zexxy 6 месяцев назад How did u go on ur midterm 2 years ago?
  • __spencer__
    __spencer__ 5 месяцев назад lmao
  • Just passing by ?
    Just passing by ? 5 месяцев назад Guitarfollower22 I have a final exam tomorrow :) Hope your exam went great
  • alexandre007opa
    alexandre007opa 4 месяца назад Did you pass it?
  • Jessica art
    Jessica art 4 месяца назад Ewww there is spider on ur pfp
  • Max Mendes
    Max Mendes 3 месяца назад Good luck hope you passed this midterm 2 years ago!
  • Shannonbarnesdr1
    Shannonbarnesdr1 3 месяца назад lmao
  • Raghav Bhandari
    Raghav Bhandari 2 месяца назад So how didi it went?
  • North-Hankspin
    North-Hankspin 2 месяца назад Ya, your life is just a fuckin meme eh
  • User Name
    User Name 2 месяца назад @Just passing by ? How did yours go?
  • Tekniq52
    Tekniq52 2 месяца назад @Just passing by ? did u passed it xD?
  • Just passing by ?
    Just passing by ? 2 месяца назад Tekniq52 It actually went great 👍🏻
  • Yonathan Sholomov
    Yonathan Sholomov 1 месяц назад Guitarfollower22 lol, dead ass the same situation I’m in.
  • Pete Miller
    Pete Miller 1 месяц назад (изменено) That reminds me when I was studying Engineering, half of the class was playing Empire (an amazing game from the early 80's) at 2:00 am, in the computer room, the night before finals. Somethings never change. Now I am 60, retired, and reflecting on my younger days, watching why trains can't go uphill, and it's still 2:00 am in the morning. Better go to bed so I can get up in the morning and take the dog for a walk. Cheers.
  • No you
    No you 1 месяц назад you gotta get the brain juices flowing with may sometimes
  • Himanshu Singh
    Himanshu Singh 4 недели назад I have 2 end term exams tomorrow.
  • ZionHorner
    ZionHorner 3 недели назад me except its a final
  • Scott Raetsen
    Scott Raetsen 2 месяца назад 3 million people watched James may talk about friction for 5 minutes
  • Archie Bunker
    Archie Bunker 1 месяц назад ScoRae, it’s the accent. Just can’t help but listen. Very soothing. He could have been talking about washing machine gaskets for 30 min. and people would have listened to it.
  • Brett Watts
    Brett Watts 1 месяц назад Wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped
  • Ron Angel
    Ron Angel 1 месяц назад @Archie Bunker Not soothing, irritating accent free, monotonous if it were not for the subject (without the solution) I would not have watched to the end!
  • wyatt hatch
    wyatt hatch 1 месяц назад You're god damn right I did lol
  • Archie Bunker
    Archie Bunker 1 месяц назад Ron Angel, watching to the end is the only way to receive the solution. Sounds like you got lucky.
  • Cheryl
    Cheryl 1 месяц назад It was just too memorizing......... A person becomes powerless to stop the video.
  • Kiwi
    Kiwi 1 месяц назад I actually learned a lot, and now I won't shout at scotrail for those "lame excuses", instead I'll praise them for running trains in serious rain.
  • 1953Wes
    1953Wes 1 месяц назад @Kiwi Cogwheel railway. Google it.
  • Kiwi
    Kiwi 1 месяц назад @1953Wes what's the max speed and cost? 16mph or so is the fastest made and it probably cost a pretty penny, would you get to work if you started at 9 am, had an hours walk time total and 36 miles or so on a train? The answer is NO, you'd be massively late and hate that they have new trains on the line.
  • James Nolan
    James Nolan 1 месяц назад well millions of people pay someone to teach them friction
  • terminat1
    terminat1 1 месяц назад Last names should also be capitalized!
  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM 2 недели назад I could listen to to him saying bar, space, space, space, bar for a whole day.
  • Clayton Campbell
    Clayton Campbell 2 месяца назад Thomas the tank engine struggled up a hill once. I remember that.
  • john dev james
    john dev james 2 месяца назад you made me laugh
  • Mirek Fe
    Mirek Fe 2 месяца назад Thomas the Wank Engine.
  • Greghtid
    Greghtid 2 месяца назад too👊
  • Smooth Tone Studios
    Smooth Tone Studios 2 месяца назад look out for the train!
  • Cobra Action1
    Cobra Action1 2 месяца назад I think it was because the fat controller was hitching a ride
  • Hastybananas
    Hastybananas 2 месяца назад Remember Edward as well when he pushed Gordon up the hill
  • recall
    recall 2 месяца назад Chuff chuff puff puff let's all smoke a stub
  • Creator278
    Creator278 1 месяц назад @Hastybananas I loved that as a kid.
  • Crimson Lancer
    Crimson Lancer 1 месяц назад BUBA< I CAN"T FEEL MY LEGS
  • Thomas Kelly
    Thomas Kelly 1 месяц назад "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can"! Oops wrong story. Lol
  • Strawberry Shortcake
    Strawberry Shortcake 1 месяц назад Poor Thomas
  • GrizDrummer25
    GrizDrummer25 1 месяц назад @Thomas Kelly that's what I went to whenever I saw this suggested video pop up xD
  • matthew arnold
    matthew arnold 1 месяц назад That makes so much more sense now
  • Kratzt Nicht Studio
    Kratzt Nicht Studio 3 недели назад i couldnt like cause you have 666 likes
  • ackon2tan
    ackon2tan 3 недели назад (изменено) He was banged, to use the technical term. (1:23)
  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM 2 недели назад @ackon2tan twice.
  • Davidovar34
    Davidovar34 15 часов назад @Mirek Fe Thomas the Dank engine
  • BigBizBo
    BigBizBo 2 месяца назад There's something about a British guy talking about trains that makes me feel really nostalgic.
  • Alexander Ivanov
    Alexander Ivanov 2 месяца назад "miss your dinner" this also
  • Nick Alt
    Nick Alt 2 месяца назад Thomas
  • Bogusgal
    Bogusgal 2 месяца назад (изменено) I disagree. This sounds more like a peasant, British, dialect. It is annoying and the incorrect.
  • E G G M A N
    E G G M A N 1 месяц назад Bogusgal please don’t be that guy
  • Zaza Zauud
    Zaza Zauud 1 месяц назад They colonised the Globe with their trains!
  • Kiwi
    Kiwi 1 месяц назад Well buddy, just talk to scotrail customer service.... Good times
  • A Fork
    A Fork 1 месяц назад probably because you grew up with thomas the train
  • BigBizBo
    BigBizBo 1 месяц назад A Fork Finally, someone who understood what I meant!
  • Fenn ViktorVich
    Fenn ViktorVich 1 месяц назад The dank engine
  • William Denny
    William Denny 1 месяц назад @Zaza Zauud And made it a better place. It's amazing how stupid some people are, but the railways left behind in india helped it become the country it is today. Wrap your numskull around that one.
  • Daniel Cloete
    Daniel Cloete 1 месяц назад It's a religious experience really.
  • Unprepared Hero
    Unprepared Hero 1 месяц назад (изменено) Can jeremy drive a train uphill ?? Next time on top gear Cancelled
  • SpurnOfHumanity
    SpurnOfHumanity 1 месяц назад Back with The Grand Tour.
  • TelevisedChaos
    TelevisedChaos 1 месяц назад Why don't you watch the grand tour? lOL
  • HRDSalami654
    HRDSalami654 1 месяц назад Answer: No, because he's Jeremy Clarkson and all he'll do is try to use POWER! and SPEED!
  • Kiwi
    Kiwi 1 месяц назад (изменено) Jeremy: Speed! Oh no... It is going up slower now! James: Of course it is you pillock.
  • Trydodis
    Trydodis Год назад Who just realised trains can’t go uphill? Now when i think of it, thats why they make holes in mountains to go through...
  • Weezeteer
    Weezeteer 3 месяца назад Trydodis *realized
  • Steven Mackenzie
    Steven Mackenzie 3 месяца назад @Weezeteer realised *
  • Weezeteer
    Weezeteer 3 месяца назад Steven Mackenzie You made the same grammatical mistake as him, it’s “realized”
  • Steven Mackenzie
    Steven Mackenzie 3 месяца назад @Weezeteer actually I was just trying to make a point. You can spell it either way. Americans tend to go for your spelling while the rest of the English speaking world tend to go for 'realised'. So correcting someone's spelling of the word isn't really necessary.
  • Chris Lambert
    Chris Lambert 2 месяца назад @Weezeteer its realised unless your an american in which your language is wrong anyway, oh what should we call this season that leaves fall of trees... Ahhhh fall ( facepalm)
  • Weezeteer
    Weezeteer 2 месяца назад flat pup America #1 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
  • Hyper Vanilo
    Hyper Vanilo 2 месяца назад @Chris Lambert Autumn for the win
  • Nick Motsarsky
    Nick Motsarsky 2 месяца назад Nobody, because they obviously can. Just not very steep hills. Plenty of videos on youtube of trains going uphill.
  • Michael Brinkhues
    Michael Brinkhues 2 месяца назад Unless Chuck Norris is the train engineer. In that case the mountain flattens itself. Well, the north german 4000+m range refused...
  • Spit Dragon
    Spit Dragon 2 месяца назад It's the same logic behind your citizens's movement in the game "Banished"...
  • Spit Dragon
    Spit Dragon 2 месяца назад Looking at the comments, somebody actually brought up my argument. Europe maybe the "origin of proper English" but you guys have no idea how to use a "Z" - which is pronounced Zee by the way not Zed. Sorry, but we use our Z's in America... and you lack at creating new words. A lift is an elevator because it elevates you, not just lifts you up... it's a subtle difference but you can tell where the intellect is being added. Lifting is more of an action, not an item. Probably not the best example, but you know what I mean. As much as we have adopted your words, you have refused to adopt ours... even though you steal everything else from us... (musically, etc) l o l So... huh?
  • Acme. Nipp-on-AiR
    Acme. Nipp-on-AiR 2 месяца назад @nick Motsarsky: Trains can only go "a bit of a hill". I mean, you need this crazy teeths for more grip for just 30 degree hillyness :D
  • Si Filey
    Si Filey 2 месяца назад *color