Mortal Engines' Traction City Debunked in Nifty Engineering Video

Ever wondered how London would operate as a traction city? Watch this video to find out how.

Post-apocalyptic adventure film, Mortal Engines, created 'traction cities' where every city from around the world was mobile. No matter how big or small. 

How would London operate as a traction city in real-life engineering terms? 

A crew of engineers put their heads together and created this short and interesting video, debunking the little that we know about London as a traction city.

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Fascinatingly, it may well be possible someday to create London as a massive mobile city - with the city's iconic and historical St. Paul's Cathedral positioned proudly atop its eight layered tiers. 

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Using real-world examples, the team discovered what they believe would be required in order for one of these traction cities, in this case, London, to function.

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By using examples such as NASA's moving creations dating back to the 1960s like the NASA Crawler, the team found out what machinery could move and power such a massive load, then a Chicago city map and history from the mid-19th century was used to understand what the weight of raising a city would look like.

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Finally, they utilized what is one of the world's most densely populated areas: Hong Kong's former Kowloon Walled City. It was used as a tool to measure how dense London traction city's population would have to be, among others.

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Watch the video to learn the intriguing specifics of, perhaps, what our future cities will look like?

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