A community built transport infrastructure.
It is a small railway using scaffold tubes to bring tools of 500 kgs into rural areas where people can make items to suit their needs.
This is a general arrangement drawing showing the preliminary design of the basic track and trolley system.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
This is a cheap and strong railway system that can be installed by people all over the world without much training. England became the workshop of the world because it had canals and railways which carried materials into factories and finished products out. Industrial scale production led to the growth of the British navy and world-wide trade. The industrial revolution did not penetrate far into the world and megalomaniacs made better guns and bombs. The developing world was deprived the industrial revolution. Every country could have industrialised. The railway will enable machine tools like lathes, mills, 3D printers, laser cutters/engravers and materials to be carried into remote areas so people can set up workshops where they can build machines such as wind and water turbines, solar cells and also make and repair farming tools using instructions from the internet. Land ownership is complicated so putting in roads is expensive.
The railway is made up of a pair of tracks totaling five feet wide. The tracks are made of galvanised steel scaffold tubing which is found world-wide. Steel arms open up underground and stop the support posts from sinking into soft ground. Using this approach river banks can be used for the railway lines which will mitigate the issue of land ownership. The rolling stock will be individual trolleys equipped with electric motors which will be recharged using solar cell or wind/water turbine equipped charging stations. The trolleys may be converted into living accomodation so visitors may explore the countryside without the need for roads.
The rail track will support a fibre optic line to enable access to the internet so that communications and technical data will be available as required. It will also be used to monitor the positions of all the trolleys. The challenge is to give rural poor a chance to earn more without moving into cities. An advantage of local production is to remove the reliance on nuclear power stations.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
The beneficiaries are everyone who would like to learn or make something. It will also help the people in the first world who would like to do something concrete to help the planet by giving them a chance to teach their speciality in a practical way. I am a welder and a machinist. I would love to teach my skills.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
My idea is unique because it uses basic engineering ideas to achieve a large social benefit. The railway materials are cheap and plentiful and the tracks can be made by local people using low-tech tools like a 2" tube bender. The trolleys can be built using the same motors as are used in electric bikes. By using one motor for each wheel there is no need for a transmission. This is the concept behind the Tesla cars. The system uses a wheel above and a wheel below the track like in a roller-coaster so the trolleys cannot leave the track when going round a corner. The idea is also unique because it can be completely demonstrated using a 1/8th scale model based on 6mm diameter copper tube. The actual scaffold tube is 48.6mm diameter. All the working parts can be made at this scale. There are many parts of the system to be developed, electrical, mechanical, electronics, structural and control so a lot of hands will be needed. To manage costs and teach skills local employment will be done.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
I am an inventor.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
My beautiful ex-girlfriend was raped by members of another religious community. The rapists were misled and were vulnerable to being misled because they were poor. I want to stop this from happening.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
I am dismayed by the misguided leaders running the world. I would like to side-step all the politics and give the rural poor a decent chance to improve their lot. Simple applied engineering can really help humanity.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
I have expounded this idea to friends. Some tell me to get a grip. Some tell me it is a good and obvious idea. I am willing to work with anyone to bring this to fruition. Previously I have helped two blind artists make and repair their artworks using my sightedness and engineering skills. I am currently developing a commode seat which uses three conveyor belts to move a disabled person sideways without the helper needing to support the person's weight. I go to the pain point and see if I can do something to help the situation.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
We all share the same spirit. It is just by a trick of fate that there are such huge differences between those who have and those who have not. We all have the drive to improve our situation. I would like to give all who are willing the chance to learn and serve their community and themselves.
Everywhere where there is rural poverty and/or conflict arising from this.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Part 1. Making the working 1/8 scale model. 12 months.
Part 2. Making the full-size version over a 30 x 25 meters oval including a 1 meter section of 1 in 10 gradient. 8 months.
Part 3. Taking the plans and tools, obtaining all the parts required and constructing a 1 km x 25 meter oval including a 10 meter section of 1 in 10 gradient using local labour. 8 months.
Total: 28 months.
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)