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2013-07-01 10:00:56 AM
going off the rails on a crazy train
 
2013-07-01 10:02:47 AM
I've seen these here in Canada. Are those cars-on-rails really such a novelty?

/granted, they are cool
 
2013-07-01 10:25:37 AM
In the US also.

Would have been more fun if he had passed the train.
 
2013-07-01 10:27:50 AM
1:55 mark, "Outta the way, ya dingo bastard!!!"
 
2013-07-01 10:33:38 AM
Anyone surprised that the video footage was as bumpy as it was, considering they were riding on rails?
 
2013-07-01 10:38:03 AM
I used to drive a pickup on the rails like that.  It's called a rail truck.  There's a little bracket that lets you lock the steering wheel in the straight position cause you don't want the wheels to turn while you're on the track.  it's so much fun to just sit back and drive on a nice, smooth track without using your hands.  I used to eat my lunch while driving because it was so easy.  The only thing you have to make sure of is that you're the only one on the tracks, or that you're at least going the same direction as the other traffic.   The hardest thing is once you get back on a regular road after being on the tracks all day, it seems strange to use your hands on the steering wheel.
 
2013-07-01 10:46:05 AM
In the US we call those high rails. Anyone who has ever worked in track maintenance has ridden in one. Unless you work for the WP&YR then you ride in one of these bad boys.

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2013-07-01 10:46:26 AM
Meh..been done, lads..

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2013-07-01 10:52:24 AM
300 mile-long straight section of track (0:43 mark)?  I can't imagine the train crews have any trouble staying awake on that run!
 
2013-07-01 11:07:37 AM
Like the last part where he's following a train.  That would kill me; I'd be wanting to pull over and pass.
 
2013-07-01 11:34:03 AM

Marshall Willenholly: I used to drive a pickup on the rails like that.  It's called a rail truck.  There's a little bracket that lets you lock the steering wheel in the straight position cause you don't want the wheels to turn while you're on the track.  it's so much fun to just sit back and drive on a nice, smooth track without using your hands.  I used to eat my lunch while driving because it was so easy.  The only thing you have to make sure of is that you're the only one on the tracks, or that you're at least going the same direction as the other traffic.   The hardest thing is once you get back on a regular road after being on the tracks all day, it seems strange to use your hands on the steering wheel.


I imagine it's important to reserve your drag time so as not to, you know, bump into a train or something.
Several years ago, I chatted up a couple guys at Subway who had just jumped out of their BN truck.  They both said they got a real kick out of it the first time they drove down the tracks.
 
2013-07-01 11:43:51 AM
Yeah but where do you stop the train to steal the methylamine?
 
2013-07-01 11:55:01 AM
I've often heard of these trucks being referred to as "high-railers". I've often wondered how good a track inspection you can do driving along at 50 MPH in one of these things though.
 
2013-07-01 12:24:14 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: I've often heard of these trucks being referred to as "high-railers". I've often wondered how good a track inspection you can do driving along at 50 MPH in one of these things though.


If the rails warp in the heat, as they are wont to do, I imagine you'll know PDQ.

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2013-07-01 12:42:50 PM

Maud Dib: If the rails warp in the heat, as they are wont to do, I imagine you'll know PDQ.


Gee, I was on that ride last night.  Not very good, no loops.
 
2013-07-01 02:03:11 PM
I've always thought these looked fun. I think the first one I saw was in Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.

And yeah, they have them here in the US, but I have never seen them flying down the rails like this, and I've never been around when they do the transition thing, and we have a TON of rail here in SLC. It is still a cool video.
 
2013-07-01 02:29:43 PM

Maud Dib: If the rails warp in the heat, as they are wont to do, I imagine you'll know PDQ.


Holy crap!  That'll get your attention.
 
2013-07-01 02:31:38 PM
Hi-rails are a standard piece of track maintenance equipment. Even the small short line I worked for had over a dozen of them (plus a few 5- and 10-ton trucks.)
 
2013-07-01 03:12:51 PM
I've seen one of these on the railway along the river in West Virginia.  The railway runs almost directly from my house to where I work, and I couldn't help but wonder how badass it would be to make that my daily transportation.
 
2013-07-01 03:40:39 PM
This one's pretty cool too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zcbitdaSGQ
 
2013-07-01 04:46:36 PM
By Lucifer's Hammer! That's not to be encouraged.
 
2013-07-01 04:55:04 PM
BTW - they have these farking everywhere.
Can't wait for subby's next find - minted dental floss.

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2013-07-01 05:56:11 PM
All aboard the sports train....

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2013-07-01 06:05:12 PM
 
2013-07-01 06:47:11 PM
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2013-07-01 07:18:32 PM
That's not a truck
 
2013-07-01 07:28:17 PM

Maud Dib: Old_Chief_Scott: I've often heard of these trucks being referred to as "high-railers". I've often wondered how good a track inspection you can do driving along at 50 MPH in one of these things though.

If the rails warp in the heat, as they are wont to do, I imagine you'll know PDQ.

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I am really wondering about the snorkel on it.  Are they worried of a bridge giving out on him?
 
2013-07-01 08:19:08 PM

AlanSmithee: I've seen these here in Canada. Are those cars-on-rails really such a novelty?

/granted, they are cool



No you see them all over the place here.
 
2013-07-01 09:26:42 PM

factoryconnection: 300 mile-long straight section of track (0:43 mark)?  I can't imagine the train crews have any trouble staying awake on that run!


I think they've got a version of the "deadman's switch" called a vigilance device, that they have to reset something like every 60 seconds, or the train stops.

If I got a chance to ride/drive a hi-rail, there are other places I'd choose besides the Nullarbor pain.
 
2013-07-01 09:31:31 PM
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/I'm betting he's going to swerve first.
 
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