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stark23x 08-29-09 01:34 PM

No need to convert rails to trails at all
 
Is it bad that I sort of want to ride this like, a lot? :)

http://23x.us/pix/bikes/matthewc-choochoo.jpg

Panthers007 08-29-09 04:49 PM

That contraption must weigh 500 pounds! Why? What was someone thinking? Yikes!! :twitchy: :eek:

bluegoatwoods 08-29-09 05:27 PM

wanting to ride it isn't bad.

Wanting to commute with it is nuts, though.

2manybikes 08-29-09 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stark23x (Post 9579538)
Is it bad that I sort of want to ride this like, a lot? :)

Yes.

steve0257 08-29-09 06:44 PM

Just remember. The railroad won't like you for doing that.

I did see something similar to that around Vesper WI in the late 60s. Some old guy had hooked up a triangular frame that would drop down and straddle the other rail. The advantag was since the frae could be raised he would ride the track into town and then ride to the store for his shopping.

RatedZeroHero 08-29-09 07:04 PM

being that I am a Railroad Engineer for the Union Pacific i'd rather stick with my 4,000hp locomotives...

2 on the front and 1 in distributed power... thank you very much...

mr geeker 08-29-09 07:37 PM

i got to say, i'd ride it. if for no other reason other than the novelty of it.

StephenH 08-29-09 10:04 PM

Keep in mind that when a railroad is abandoned (and thus fit for a rails-to-trail conversion), the rails are usually taken up for scrap iron.

Panthers007 08-29-09 11:23 PM

So from your signature, they sell scrap iron for money and pay their taxes - and it's all imaginary? Cool!

LesterOfPuppets 08-29-09 11:29 PM

I've never seen a double like that, but I've wanted a single since I first saw one a few years ago. The shortline behind my shop only runs once every couple of weeks in the slow part of their year, so all I'd need to do is contact them, or go rogue with a radio tuned to their freqs. Their MOW is not in-house, so I might have to learn their freq too.

StephenH 08-29-09 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Panthers007 (Post 9581939)
So from your signature, they sell scrap iron for money and pay their taxes - and it's all imaginary? Cool!

I think it's more complex than that.

Panthers007 08-29-09 11:45 PM

How does that make you feel?

Rumpled 08-30-09 12:13 AM

Looks pretty cool to me, don't think it weighs 500 lbs - though I'm only looking at that pic on my blackberry.
I know that those little speeders often have gatherings on sections of tracks; maybe if there was a group they could do that also.

stapfam 08-30-09 12:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Panthers007 (Post 9580353)
That contraption must weigh 500 pounds! Why? What was someone thinking? Yikes!! :twitchy: :eek:

But when you do get it up to speed- the mass of the thing wil keep it moving with very little effort on the pedals. I just wouldn't like to take it up any slopes steeper than 1% though.

Panthers007 08-30-09 01:29 AM

You'd need an Air-Raid Siren if it started rolling backward.

mikewille 08-30-09 07:26 AM

I'd want a lightweight single with an outrigger so I could bail off of the track superquick to get out of the way of the Metra trains.

StephenH 08-30-09 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by stapfam (Post 9582094)
But when you do get it up to speed- the mass of the thing wil keep it moving with very little effort on the pedals. I just wouldn't like to take it up any slopes steeper than 1% though.

Fortunately, they tend to make railroads as flat as possible.

BarracksSi 08-30-09 09:30 AM

Then there's these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nztl8...eature=related

stark23x 08-30-09 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BarracksSi (Post 9582967)

I gotta say that looks freaking awesome. I wish I knew of some honestly abandoned (not just seldomly used) rails around me to try that on. It looks fun and I don't care what nobody says! :) :thumb:


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