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A modern exploration railcar
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 Posted: Thu Jun 12th, 2014 05:31 pm
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Two artists put together a railcar to explore abandoned rail lines in South America:

http://furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/seft-1-abandoned-railways-exploration-probe-modern-ruins-1220

Even has drawings with dimensions (click on "ficha tecnica" on the left panel, then go thru the different drawings with the arrows at the right:

http://www.seft1.net/proyecto/

It is not overly beautiful IMHO. Let's see what happens. Jose.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 12th, 2014 06:35 pm
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Wouldn't that be a fun thing to do.....



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 Posted: Tue Apr 7th, 2015 11:16 pm
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" It is not overly beautiful IMHO."

Hi Jose.

I hadn't realised you've been searching for the 'Mona Lisa' of railcars !

Got a short list ?

Cheers.

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Well----I suppose---

But what will that thing do that a Jeep---with on board air compressor wont?  Half flat tires will follow std gauge track at reasonable speed, pump them back up for the trail parts.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 8th, 2015 05:50 pm
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Naw, that would be too easy... Jose.



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I wonder what will happen when they find a slide or a bridge out in the middle of nowhere? I assume they'll be doing a fair amount of backtracking (pun intended) along this trek...



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They would follow the Two Step Plan:
1) have really good brakes
2) carry a BIG shovel
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Back in the late '70s and early '80s, when the San Diego & Arizona line through Carrizo Gorge was unused due to major storm damage, there were a few people who would ride the rails on homemade carts. These were very simple, lightweight vehicles, basically just a small four-wheeled flat car with a couple of lawn chairs bolted on, powered by a small gas engine.

My brother and I had a close call one evening after sunset. We were hiking the tracks and in the middle of a very long trestle that had no catwalks. Suddenly one of those carts came around the bend. No headlight, and no muffler either. They couldn't see us and could hear us shouting.

We managed to get out on the far end of the beam at the top of a bent, and avoided being knocked off.



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