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(BBC-US)   These Mexican brothers made a "spacecraft" to explore abandoned railroads. What big project have you completed?   (bbc.com) divider line 39
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2014-06-23 04:43:16 AM  
That was amazing. Great find, submitter!
 
2014-06-23 05:35:08 AM  
I want a car like that. I used to have one as a lego kit when I lived next to a railroad. Always wanted to have the real deal.
 
2014-06-23 06:28:31 AM  
I'll bet that was a lot of fun
 
2014-06-23 06:47:43 AM  
www.quartertothree.com
 
2014-06-23 07:33:35 AM  
Well, subster, I built two big ass workbenches this weekend and my out of shape ass is aching from head to toe.
 
2014-06-23 07:47:06 AM  
Of course, the fun part is when they find out that one of those "abandoned" railways isn't quite so abandoned...
 
2014-06-23 07:53:46 AM  

Wolf892: what happens when they push it up to 88 mph?


No se, cabron; the burro can't run that fast.
 
2014-06-23 08:04:23 AM  
That's the way to take a vacation - off the beaten path.
And what a cool car!
 
2014-06-23 08:09:17 AM  
So, when does the Cartel start using something like that?
 
2014-06-23 08:10:07 AM  
What kind of abandoned railroad doesn't pull the iron up?  Hell around here a NOT abandoned railroad had some of the rails stolen.
 
2014-06-23 08:16:26 AM  

nekom: What kind of abandoned railroad doesn't pull the iron up?  Hell around here a NOT abandoned railroad had some of the rails stolen.


You'd be surprised:  there are lots of abandoned rail lines around big US cities that still have their rails.
 
2014-06-23 08:16:28 AM  

nekom: What kind of abandoned railroad doesn't pull the iron up?


It's suburban Mexico. What would they do with those iron girders? It's not like they're making stinking badges with it.
 
2014-06-23 08:25:34 AM  
These Mexican brothers made a "spacecraft" to explore abandoned railroads. What big project have you completed?

I read that as Mexican brothels.  I mean, the article was interesting as it is, but, you know.  Could have been awesomer.
 
2014-06-23 08:28:15 AM  
I hung some drywall, since it seems to be Opposite Day
 
2014-06-23 08:33:47 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: nekom: What kind of abandoned railroad doesn't pull the iron up?  Hell around here a NOT abandoned railroad had some of the rails stolen.

You'd be surprised:  there are lots of abandoned rail lines around big US cities that still have their rails.


And yet in the rural parts of the country scrappers steal railroad bridges.
 
2014-06-23 08:44:58 AM  
I thought Mexican spacecraft just took whales home to the moon.
 
2014-06-23 08:56:25 AM  
Ker-rist, 'merikuh! Even Mexico has surpassed you in the space race!
*reads article*
Um, never mind.
 
2014-06-23 08:56:35 AM  
dilbert.com
 
2014-06-23 09:18:39 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

"Saluté, mi hermanos."
 
2014-06-23 09:20:21 AM  
Since it didn't go into space, it really wouldn't be "spacecraft," it'd be "traincraft?"
 
2014-06-23 09:46:08 AM  
Why does it have a steering wheel?
 
2014-06-23 09:48:02 AM  
I finally got my drivers license and a job. Looking for places to stay so i can move out of my parents house (no basement, local geology not conducive to basement environments).

I'd say that those are pretty big projects, personally.
 
2014-06-23 10:03:33 AM  
How soon till they travel near a Cartel's corn field and get shot to death? Most of those old railway systems are used by the cartels to ship the drugs using a mule system.
 
2014-06-23 10:25:16 AM  

Garko: Why does it have a steering wheel?


for driving to the tracks, and driving where the tracks beds once where.
 
2014-06-23 10:37:30 AM  
All railroad companies have dual purpose vehicles like that. They're usually heavy-duty trucks, but whatever.
 
2014-06-23 10:45:00 AM  

dryknife: All railroad companies have dual purpose vehicles like that. They're usually heavy-duty trucks, but whatever.


Meh, around here they are modified Chevy Silverados.
 
2014-06-23 10:48:31 AM  
I love all the downers on this thread. As if they have ever done anything as remotely ambitious as this. Cudos, amigos.
 
2014-06-23 10:49:52 AM  
This is a Ford F-150, but same idea:
 
2014-06-23 10:49:55 AM  
These guys?
 
2014-06-23 10:50:52 AM  
That was a 403.

This is a Ford F-150:
 
2014-06-23 10:51:38 AM  
Meh, I give up.
 
2014-06-23 10:54:17 AM  
Wow, cool find!

Thanks, Subs!
 
2014-06-23 11:12:01 AM  

dryknife: All railroad companies have dual purpose vehicles like that. They're usually heavy-duty trucks, but whatever.


All navies have giant fuggin' battleship guns, but if a private individual has a single black powder deck gun, that's freakin' cool.
 
2014-06-23 12:01:37 PM  

doglover: dryknife: All railroad companies have dual purpose vehicles like that. They're usually heavy-duty trucks, but whatever.

All navies have giant fuggin' battleship guns, but if a private individual has a single black powder deck gun, that's freakin' cool.


That would be cool, especially if it was mounted on a railcar.
 
2014-06-23 01:02:25 PM  
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 23, 2014
MANSFIELD, Mass. - An Amtrak train hit an SUV that was apparently driving on train tracks in Massachusetts, killing three people in the vehicle and derailing the train, authorities said Monday. The crash also disrupted and delayed train service along the busy Northeast corridor.
 
2014-06-23 01:54:36 PM  
I built a stairway to heaven.
 
2014-06-23 02:15:32 PM  
"Bridges? We don't need no stinking bridges!"
 
2014-06-23 09:15:29 PM  
Fake viral video to sell train horns is obvious

/I like how the volume on the video player went to 11
 
2014-06-24 01:33:05 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: nekom: What kind of abandoned railroad doesn't pull the iron up?  Hell around here a NOT abandoned railroad had some of the rails stolen.

You'd be surprised:  there are lots of abandoned rail lines around big US cities that still have their rails.


Well, notionally, if there are still tracks the line isn't abandoned, simply unused.

Apparently, the way the original right-of-way agreements were written, even after a RoW has been turned into a rail to trail path, the railroad can demand it back and reopen it.
 
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