Grab Your Lab And Lets Go

Grab Your Lab And Lets Go | Train Fanatics Videos

Sometimes, abandoned rails are just too good to pass up!

This black Labrador retriever is having the time of his life rolling down the railway with his owner as they barrel through the French countryside!

Located somewhere in France is this 12 mile long abandoned length of rails which has some steep grades, as much as 2%! Proving too steep for passenger trains, this particular line was abandoned around 10 years ago. The track itself is owned by the French Rail Network (RFF).

This railfan built his cart from scratch using:

  • a frame for greater stiffness
  • power provided by a Suzuki 125cc 2-stroke engine
  • 6-speed transmission to deliver 14 hp to the tracks
  • max speed estimated be 40 to 50 Mph
  • What is unusual about this track is that is not torn up like so many other tracks that are no longer used.

    Most abandoned railways in the U.K. are immediately torn up to make bike and walking trails. Similarly, a program in the United States called “Rails to Trails” converts abandoned railway lines to walking and hiking trails.

    Let us know if you would like to take a ride on one of these homemade carts. We would love to hear about it!

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