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#1 Feb 08 2013 at 9:59 PM Rating: Good
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I watched a movie today on Showtime. It was an Australian low budget horror called "Road Kill".

It starts off with a group of young people driving in a remote section of highway (don't they all?). What was strange is a semi shows up in their rear view, and they are all fascinated by it. Like they've never seen one before, it was awe-inspiring for them. They referred to it as a road train, which is a term I hadn't heard previously. A semi with multiple trailers.

For the whole movie, that first scene is what stuck with me as completely strange. One of the young women in the car said something along the lines of having never seen one before. Is it an Australian thing? Are large semis rare? Early in the movie they are walking up to it as it's parked on the road and again are impressed by it, commenting about it. It actually wasn't any bigger than your standard semi. And at least here in the US, seeing a semi haul more than one trailer is not a rare site...
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#2 Feb 09 2013 at 3:00 PM Rating: Good
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The "B-Double" road train is, I think, only used in interstate hauls in Australia. They are illegal to drive in suburban areas, and most city streets. I remember on the 4000 km car trips to Perth of my childhood, how the B-Doubles would blow the Subaru station wagon sideways off the road part-way, then suck the car back into place at a faster rate in their wake as they would pass us on the highways.

One reason for the city ban is that our road/rail bridges and freeway overpasses aren't set at such a huge height as in the USA. Your bridge clearances allow for intercontinental missiles or houses on trucks to pass beneath. A B-Double wouldn't clear most of our city road/rail bridges. Neither would missiles or double-story houses. For me it was surreal driving on the freeways of LA. I felt like Gulliver in the land of the Giants. It took me a long time to sort out why the overpasses were lofted so freakishly high into the sky.

Edited, Feb 9th 2013 4:06pm by Aripyanfar
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#3 Feb 09 2013 at 10:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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Wait a minute, I saw that mad max movie with the fuel truck race, so I know Austraila has Semi trucks even in the post apocalyptic wasteland part of it!
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#4 Feb 09 2013 at 11:19 PM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Wait a minute, I saw that mad max movie with the fuel truck race, so I know Austraila has Semi trucks even in the post apocalyptic wasteland part of it!


That movie was shot in the future, Kao. It hasn't happened yet, duh.

Sidenote: I have never seen any of the Mad Max movies, but over New Year's, I saw that particular scene at a friends house. Before I forced them to turn it.
#5 Feb 09 2013 at 11:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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Really? how can you tell future Australia from Present day Australia? Is it the wombat shortage? I didn't see any wombats in any of the movies. that isn't a good thing.
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