A car that can run on the road or the rails


20 Responses to “A car that can run on the road or the rails”

  1. Here in MT, the railroads have long had pick up trucks that can either run on the rail or the road.  See them all the time.  

    • Feargus Stewart says:

      Texas too.

      With that said, that Pontiac is WAY better looking than those maintenance trucks.

      That’d be riding in style.

      • ChicagoD says:

        Yes. The pick ups are standard equipment. We see them on UP, CN, Norfolk Southern, etc. etc. all the time. This one is only unique in that it is a badassed mobile.

    • technogeekagain says:

       And New York…

    • Ito Kagehisa says:

       Here in Delaware, my neighbor drives one to work every day.  It’s a white pickup with a Conrail logo on it, I think.

  2. ciacontra says:

    Tell me that ‘taconite’ is a real mineral

  3. No says:

    And before there were full road vehicle “Hy Rail” kits, there were custom built inspection cars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiT6gpq-H3Y

    They used a “hit and miss” gasoline engine (nicknamed “putt putt cars” from the distinct sound), and are a BLAST to run flat out on rail.

  4. Dan Hibiki says:

    Well, any car can be converted as shown by Top Gear… it’s just not that good of an idea.

  5. Nonesuchplace says:

    Does anyone have a picture from behind?  I have a friend that does some awesome paintings of the backs of classic cars, and this is exactly the kind of thing that she’d love to paint.

    EDIT: I am Ron Burgundy?

  6. Elliottw says:

    Jeeps were commonly fitted for rail travel during WWII and after: http://www.willysjeep.com/forum/gallery/image/175-on-the-rails/

  7. A Nonny Moose says:

    This is the first modern (post-WWII) rail inspection car I’ve ever seen that isn’t a pickup or suburban (small s). I heartily approve!

  8. drublin says:

    Any vehicle set up for rail travel is called a hi-rail. 

  9. efergus3 says:

    Still waiting for the video of one being chased by a 96-car train to the sounds of yakedy sax.

  10. Where does taconite come from? Well, who better to ask than Sven Foosball.

    “It, eh, comes from the ground, dere.”

  11. dculberson says:

    Hy-rail? More like Hyrule, amirite?

  12. Rob Butler says:

    Here’s one with a motorcycle http://youtu.be/oI6oJaxIJgU

    Youtube’s also full of people modifying bicycles to run on the rails, just search for “rail-bike”.

  13. Here is an interesting video of the Rio Grande Southern fleet of Galloping Goose(s):



  14. baronkarza says:

    Taconite is the secret ingredient in Taco Bell and Jack In The Box tacos. You thought that hard shell was made from corn flour, but it’s mostly taconite.

  15. suburbanhick says:

    When I was a kid, one of our neighbours who ran a maintenance crew for Canadian National Rail had a pickup truck like this. As a 12 year-old, I thought it was just about the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Not just a half-ton – a half-ton you can RIDE ON THE FREAKIN’ TRAIN TRACKS!

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