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LongRoofian August 31, 2012 All Things Hoon

So this olelongrooffan was checking my email this morning and, lo and behold, I received a rare email from thejeepjunkie. Yeah with the Kid in college, the Kid’s sister doing all things softball and in high school, a busy ass job and, of course, Happy Hours at the Taj Mahal, his online time is somewhat limited. Having said that, he did find the time forward some pictures of Railcars he found somewheres on these interwebs and I thought my fellow Hoons might enjoy some images of old school railcars.

I am not sure of the original source of these images but I do remember seeing some of them somewheres around these webs. It is sure a throw back to a by gone era that we won’t ever see again. Surprisingly, this olelongrooffan doesn’t have a lot of commentary about these things but I sure can say these are cool.

So, thejeepjunkie included my brother, Bus-Plunge, on this email and the Bus responded

with this image of a Railcar he spotted sometime back down (from him) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and he included a couple of links that are pretty cool. My fellow Hoons should check them out.

And yeah, a longroof that handles like it is on rails.

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Currently there are "17 comments" on this Article:

  1. muthalovin says:

    Totally reminded me of that time those Top Gear boys made a train:

    <img src="http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2011/07/17/article-1310932145054-0D0D73B000000578-709565_636x327.jpg&quot; width=550>

  2. Sjalabais says:

    These cars look great and evil. But how awkward it must be not to be able to steer

    • skitter says:

      Even more awkward is the steering wheel activating the Emergency/Parking brake.

    • jeepjunkie says:

      seems like there would be less stuff to worry about when reaching for a cold one….how about crossing from one coast to another with out having to worry about that big old wheel in your lap….could be a great place for plate full of tommyleesamwiches and cold pops…

  3. P161911 says:

    Sure are a lot nicer than the F-350s they use today.
    <img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/KNrnd_QUt-4/0.jpg"width=500&gt;

    Unlike today's trucks, it looks like these were never meant to be driven off the tracks.

    • BlackIce_GTS says:

      I kinda want one of those (and you've posted a CN truck for me even), but it's unlikely that even the properly-equipped general public is permitted to make use of the railways. Anybody know about this?
      Also, determining right-of-way (IE, 'you lose, comrade') is a frightening prospect.

      • P161911 says:

        I know if you pay them enough money you can still hook a private rail car to an Amtrak train and maybe some freight trains. On your own on the rails would probably be very bad unless you could find some abandoned tracks.

  4. Plecostomus says:

    I regularly see narrowed-wheel F-150s around So-Cal with an auxiliary set of steel wheels that drop down onto the tracks. these are modern service vehicles; like seen in this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redarrow101/40655190

    But they're nowhere near as cool.

  5. MVEilenstein says:

    I saw "train trucks" from my earliest years, watching them cross the trestle about a quarter mile from the front porch of our house. Back then it was green BN (later BNSF) pickups and Broncos, maybe Blazers. Not as cool as these rail cars, but strongly burned into my memory.

  6. NothingHappens says:

    The pictures of the CP cars parked were taken a few hundred metres from this perch, high over T.O. at the Roundhouse, most likely. Now home to some stationary trains (amazing), a Leon's (useless), and a rather good brewery who, in my opinion, should add a rail car to their fleet (http://www.steamwhistle.ca/ourbeer/vehicles.php). And the Jays loose ball games across the street.

  7. Van_Sarockin says:

    Fantastic group of old rail cars. I used to be acquainted with an old Jeep Cherokee that had retractable rail trucks: pretty slick.

    Now, to find a nice version of 'My Baby Thinks She's A Train'.

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