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17th Sep '17 1:39:34 PM Temmere
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* ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'': In "Walk Into Terror," A couple of drovers are trapped in an old mine, and another drover, who saw some "gun gel" (possibly gelignite) at an abandoned shack nearby, says he can use that to free them. But first they have to slowly transport the stuff via wagon.
12th Jul '17 8:58:45 PM danlansdowne
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* During the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, this is the job that tends to get fobbed off to the Chinese migrant workers, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''-style slapstick does not ensue, as shown in this [[https://www.historica-dominion.ca/content/heritage-minutes/nitro?media_type=41& Heritage Minute]].
* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, while scary as hell, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie ''{{Film/Unstoppable}}'', mentioned above.

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* During the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, this is the job that tends to get fobbed off to the Chinese migrant workers, workers. ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''-style slapstick does not ensue, as shown in this [[https://www.historica-dominion.ca/content/heritage-minutes/nitro?media_type=41& Heritage Minute]].
* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, while scary as hell, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks.brakes. The event went on to inspire the movie ''{{Film/Unstoppable}}'', mentioned above.
25th Jun '17 11:35:48 AM mariic
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This trope describes a plot where the heroes are required to move nitroglycerine (or some other unstable, highly explosive substance) across bad terrain (rough ground, winding roads, etc). A common substitute is dynamite -- while the whole point of it is that it's much less unstable, it has a [[RuleOfDrama narratively convenient]] downside of "sweating" nitroglycerine after long periods of storage.

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This trope describes a plot where the heroes are required to move nitroglycerine (or some other unstable, highly explosive substance) across bad terrain (rough ground, winding roads, etc). A common substitute is dynamite -- while the whole point of it is that it's much less unstable, more stable, it has a [[RuleOfDrama narratively convenient]] downside of "sweating" nitroglycerine after long periods of storage.
9th May '17 3:40:12 PM Golondrina
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* At the beginning of the ''Film/WildWildWest'' film, [[WillSmith Captain Jim West]] jumps on a wagon carrying cases of the stuff (with only hay for padding) for a renegade regiment of the former Confederacy.

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* At the beginning of the ''Film/WildWildWest'' film, [[WillSmith [[Creator/WillSmith Captain Jim West]] jumps on a wagon carrying cases of the stuff (with only hay for padding) for a renegade regiment of the former Confederacy.
21st Apr '17 6:06:53 PM foxley
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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, while scary as hell, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Film/Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.

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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, while scary as hell, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Film/Unstoppable}}, ''{{Film/Unstoppable}}'', mentioned above.
21st Apr '17 10:13:27 AM Triscon42
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* ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}'' is about a RunawayTrain with eight tank cars filled with explosive chemicals. And it's headed for certain derailment at an oil tank farm, for added drama.

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* ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}'' is about a RunawayTrain with eight tank cars filled with explosive toxic chemicals. And it's headed for certain derailment at an oil tank farm, for added drama.
13th Dec '16 1:19:45 PM triscion
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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Film/Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.

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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, while scary as hell, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Film/Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.
13th Dec '16 1:11:27 PM triscion
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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Film/Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.

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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks.tracks for a 66 mile trip. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Film/Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.
13th Dec '16 12:49:22 PM triscion
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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.

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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie {{Unstoppable}}, {{Film/Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.
13th Dec '16 12:48:43 PM triscion
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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie "Film/Unstoppable'', mentioned above.

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* Bizarrely there was a real-life case of this in Ohio, 2001. Known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident CSX 8888 Incident]] or the "Crazy Eights" Incident, a train pulling a few cars loaded with hazardous chemicals got loose thanks to a careless mistake and went barreling down the tracks. Thankfully, the drama never got up to Hollywood levels; the train maintained an easy pace through the trip, never hitting more than 45mph, giving the local Emergency Services time to clear the route. They eventually stopped it by hooking another locomotive onto the back, used that to slow it down so an engineer could jump on and hit the breaks. The event went on to inspire the movie "Film/Unstoppable'', {{Unstoppable}}, mentioned above.
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