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.
Fabienne Lang

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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