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Vacation Destinations for Engineers

07/14/2017 11:19 AM

What do you think of this list of the Top Five Engineering Destinations to See Before You Die? How many of you have seen any? I'm sure some of the US crew have visited Hoover Dam.

What sites would you add to the list?

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07/14/2017 11:38 AM

Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, should be on my top-ten, but I am sure they won't let me in, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.

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07/16/2017 3:29 PM

James: actually you would be surprised how easy it is to explore almost any military Installation. From my experience, once you get past the front gate, no one asks you any questions, most people only know their departments, so as long as you look important and don't stay too long in any one area, you should easily have some fun.

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07/14/2017 12:09 PM

2-3 years ago, I went to Washington DC,... among so much there, the Smithsonian Air and Space museum I highly recommend...

I give it 2 snaps in a 'Z' formation.

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07/14/2017 12:11 PM

I have indeed been to Hoover Dam, and would love to visit every place on that list. As well as every place on this Wiki page. I think an IEEE GlobalSpec/CR4 road trip is in order.

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07/14/2017 12:43 PM

Maybe we could open a side business in engineering-related sightseeing. Or get a bus like a rock star and travel around the US, stopping to meet CR4 members.

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07/14/2017 12:50 PM

How about the Tesla plant?

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07/14/2017 1:44 PM

That would be eye-popping. Having the CR4 bus pull up in front of Massengale Station, Lubbock Power & Light for a tour, might be a real disappointment.

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07/15/2017 11:56 PM

HA! I'VE BEEN THERE!!!

Do they still have the Nordbergs?

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07/17/2017 8:54 AM

Yes, we do, last run on those was Midnight Y2K! Something about proof of readiness and all that rot, for a sum total of 4 MW!

Were you there after the re-power project or before?

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07/14/2017 3:10 PM

I've been to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center a few years back, but I still want to get back to the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB. I was there in the 70's. They tell me it's grown a lot since then. It was awesome even then, I can't imagine it now. Both are tops on my list of engineers destinations.

As for engineering feats, one can never complain about trains. Union Pacific #4014 is being restored. Here's a Union Pacific news update about it. To me, the size of those behemoths blows me away.

The Great Wall is pretty amazing especially knowing that it was built with limited technology. The depressing part of it is knowing that thousands of people are entombed inside of it. It was built with slave labor that was treated extremely harshly.

The Taj Mahal is impressive as well. Again, a little depressing in that it is a tomb.

The Panama Canal and the Hoover Dam are both destinations that I wouldn't mind seeing.

I really don't see the point of the Palm Islands. They're really the product of excessive wealth and boredom. I'd much rather have seen the money and the effort going to something more useful.

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07/15/2017 8:20 AM

Hi Lo_Volt,

You aren't far from Big Boy's younger brother, Union Pacific 4012. Steamtown, PA, National Historic Site.

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07/17/2017 8:46 AM

Steamtown is on my list. I didn't know they had a Big Boy there. Thanks!

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You're welcome!

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07/14/2017 4:02 PM

Courtesy of USN, Civil Service, and defense-contractor employment I was treated to these "vacation" spots:

  • Panama Canal
  • USN China Lake Weapons Testing Facility
  • USN Pacific Missile Range
  • USAF Wright-Patterson AFB & Museum
  • USAF Eglin AFB Weapons Testing Facility
  • USArmy Yuma Proving Ground
  • Weapons Testing sites: Kwajalein and Johnston Atoll.

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07/14/2017 4:39 PM

You sir, have my many thanks for your service, your tours, and your rust.

You also have my undying envy for everything you were privileged to be a part of, or see while on duty.

On the other hand, there are some things that cannot be "unseen".

I leave that to your memory, and your imagination, kind sir.

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07/14/2017 5:46 PM

In my high school, there was a girl named Kwaji Miller; this was short for Kwajalein; her father had served there. Thanks also for the reminiscence of the Panama Canal.

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07/14/2017 9:00 PM

Cool, you were at JA also. I was there for JACADS. Beautiful island, sandy beaches (man made) palm trees, good fishing,CBX,Sarin,WWII mustard gas ,piles of plutonium,

agent orange, good food, golf course,bowling alley, Tiki lounge, drunk MPs, and Sunday baseball.

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LOL!

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07/14/2017 6:27 PM

Already been there

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnston_Atoll_Chemical_Agent_Disposal_Systemnt ar

Spent around 2.5 years , on and off.

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07/14/2017 8:07 PM

I would like to see a corliss steam engine operating.http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/imagedetail.aspx?id=2806

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It's the best I can do for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3kkPzVodvo&t=4s I was lucky enough to be allowed down to the steam chests under the cylinders to get photographs while it was running.

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07/17/2017 2:13 AM

Another good steam engine is the Jeremiah O'Brian in SF. Beautiful machine and you can explore the whole thing including the engine. It's a three stager that's two stories tall. Walk right through the crank case!

They take it out every now and then. The waiting list to crew is Two Years!

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07/15/2017 1:40 AM

Shanghai Maglev.

Three Gorges Dam.

Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, Geoje.

Forth Rail Bridge

Mackinaw Bridge

Soo Locks

Caen Hill Locks

Harecastle Tunnel

Ironbridge

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Channel Tunnel

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07/15/2017 4:45 AM

How about the Dinorwig (Wales) pumped water electrical storage system for providing rapid fill-in for sudden grid demand?

I still find the numbers impressive even though it is more than 30 years old.

From a rolling start with zero output it can get up to 1.8 Gigawatts output in 16 seconds. Even from standstill it only takes 75 seconds. Then it can keep that up for 6 hours. Impressive!

Walking through the manmade turbine cavern is mind boggling (I suppose I should say 'awesome', these days).

Perhaps the most impressive aspect is that it is all inside a mountain with no visible HT distribution visible around the site. Still looks like the old slate mine that was there many years before.

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Oops! Forgot that one!

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That is truly an impressive site, with awe-inspiring capabilities. 16 seconds to full power is the most remarkable thing about it, other than the immense scale.

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07/15/2017 9:09 AM

I went here, a most enjoyable day...but it takes more than one day to see it all!

http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en

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07/15/2017 11:05 PM

Plan on about 3 days to do it justice, plus one day for just in case.

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07/16/2017 5:47 PM

I agree, with more than one day. I went there two days straight in the 1980's and ended up with a head ache (too much to see).

Mercedes museum is pretty good too.

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07/16/2017 12:34 AM

Lots of good ideas here, and a few that I've seen myself.

However, may I suggest a visit to the Experimental Aircraft Association's convention in Oshkosh? This year, it runs from July 24-30. The craftsmanship of the homebuilt aircraft designers and builders is truly inspiring! The restorations of older aircraft are works of art. It's an amazing thing to see, and you can't see it all in the time allotted.

Take a tent!

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07/16/2017 2:22 AM

Alang. Who can resist a cutaway diagram? Now who can resist a beach full of real ones?

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Would rather see them built, than go to the place where great ships die.

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07/16/2017 10:02 AM

The only place on that list I hope to see is Hoover Dam. The other places are kind of 'meh'. One of my brothers spent a lot of time in China and his opinion of the Great Wall left me unexcited to see it.

I'd recommend the Smithsonian, both the Natural History and the Air and Space museums. Also the Air Force museum at Wright-Pat near Dayton, OH.

Speaking of aerospace, I also enjoyed the Wright Bros museum at Kitty Hawk, NC. Worth the trip, and the Outer Banks are lovely.

I'd also recommend the British Museum in London, along with the Cutty Sark exhibit and Greenwich Observatory.

The National Inventors HOF in Akron, OH is worth a stop, and it's not too far from the Pro Football HOF in nearby Canton, OH, (if you like American Football). It's also not too far from the Rock 'n Roll HOF in Cleveland, OH.

I have not yet been to the Henry Ford museum, near Detroit. That's on my list, along with Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia.

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Some of my uncle's work is in the Air & Space Museum. He designed the geology tools they used.

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The world's largest model railroad in Hamburg, Germany. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dJj5FpOaM

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....is well worth a days visit......

Very impressive.

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For those who may be interested in historical sites

the IEEE has a list of milestone locations at

http://ethw.org/Milestones:List_of_IEEE_Milestones

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http://ethw.org/Milestones:Thomas_A._Edison_West_Orange_Laboratories_and_Factories,_1887

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07/16/2017 10:49 PM

While light on technical details (it is a tourist attraction after all), IMHO... the Kennedy Space Center should not be missed.

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KSC. Good suggestion.

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07/17/2017 2:06 AM

I was just on Vancouver Island but was unable to drive north into the hills to see the only two operating Martin Mars flying boats in existence! they use them for fire fighting up there. Beautiful Aircraft and I would LOVE to see them up close and personal.

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The Henry Ford Museum.

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Oops! Forgot that none too!

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07/19/2017 12:43 AM

Area 51

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Not far from there is a rest area. It has a small windmill for watering a few trees. There is a pit-toilet outhouse which is ventilated by a row of bullet holes. Bon voyage!

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Gosh! I hope target practice does not commence when the "Occupado" sign is lit!

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07/19/2017 9:36 AM

Why not Area 52? 51 is all touristy now, about like going to Taos, NM.

ROFLMAO! Hope you don't bite on this one.

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07/19/2017 12:51 PM

I would say to everyone, The Watts Towers, in Los Angeles (See Wiki, for a more detailed explanation). Built alone, by Simon Rodia, not formally educated in the Sciences.

Home brewed engineering, over many years, using hand bent re-bar, wire, scrap pottery, bottles (scrap just about anything) , and a concocted mortar and cement binder. They were tested for structural integrity, as the City of LA wanted to prove them unsound, and tear them down. The towers passed with flying colors. Again, the description of the tests are on Wiki. Apparently, many of the Engineering ideas went into future designs.

Have been to the Hoover Dam, Panama Canal, 9-11 Monument (Really neat), many bridges and tall buildings, and while they are amazing on a grand scale, to me, what Mr. Rodia did was amazing.

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Re: Vacation Destinations for Engineers

07/20/2017 7:27 AM

I was there about 4 weeks ago, really interesting.

I was staying in Poulton, and the weather was awful, which made crossing the Pennines quite interesting, to say the least.....

But really not a patch on Peenemunde......which basically kick started the US going to the moon.....

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