maggiekb at June 20th, 2014 11:47 — #1
sockdoll at June 20th, 2014 14:41 — #2
To boldly go where no train has gone recently.
I love this story, thanks! It reminds me a little of the vehicle from the old Saturday morning kids show Ark II.
I've seen railroad workers use pickup trucks that have been adapted to easily switch between roads and rails, but nothing as fancy as the one in the video.
Link from the video to the artists' website: http://seft1.net/
catgrin at June 20th, 2014 16:53 — #3
Great design! So smart to dual wheel the vehicle! Since the rails are in disrepair, there's never any guarantee they won't have to rely on standard tires. A bridge in good repair could still have a rail split blocking their path.
pheezy at June 21st, 2014 01:30 — #4
See also: Joe Riley and Audrey Snyder’s Parallel Cases, wherein the artists build a railbike, ride the abandoned railroads of California, and explore, embrace, expand, and exculpate the legacy of the tramp printer.
(I can't post an image, but click here for one: http://38.media.tumblr.com/316f1d001d64371bae8d598786450d79/tumblr_mnqhaxmFlV1qz7eu8o1_500.jpg and go to the link above for many more.)
We have constructed two bicycles with attachments that allow them to run on abandoned railroad tracks. The rail-bikes are our way of producing an alternate mode of travel along these once-used lines. Our design involves a front wheel guide that clamps the bike onto one rail and an outrigger that provides balance. We believe that a first hand experience of the landscape, facilitated by these bicycles, is key to producing more than just a travel log of our journey. Our chosen mode of travel allows us to be immersed in the phenomenological relationship between travel and history, abandonment and what is lost when technology and tradition are rendered obsolete.
othermichael at June 21st, 2014 22:45 — #5
The vehicle in Ark II was built off the Brubaker Box. If you're interested in odd vehicles, do some further searches. It's pretty neat!
maggiekb at June 25th, 2014 11:48 — #6
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