17 Self-made Train

Self-made Train

Posted on November 15, 2006 by team

russian train

Some people of Russia (or Ukraine) drive on self-made trains across the state’s national railroad system.

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17 Responses to “Self-made Train”

  1. fuutott says:

    Check this one out. It is a car named Warszawa, a clone of russian Pabieda.


    It was acutally in use by PKP – Polskie Koleje Panstwowe – Polish National Railway

  2. Bert says:

    Shouldn’t this have been an Oka? ;-) And what the hell are they doing driving on a live rail system? I better hope this car has a very fast reverse speed! ;-)

  3. d.b.suchin says:

    This is not a Warzsawa, but a ZIM (later, GAZ).
    A rail modification of a ZIM-12, and not a self-made, but rather a factory-made one. An example stands at the railroad museum in Pereyaslavl.

    This vehicles are known as “avtomotrissa”, and have been in use by railway personnel.

  4. Tarhim says:

    Gee. I mean really, your photo descriptions are so far off that it’s not even funny.
    It’s an official inspection car, used probably by the railway. It has nothing to do with “some people” making “self-made trains”.

  5. ganges says:

    It is, clearly, a delerium about “state’s national railroad system”

    П Буг seems like Pivdenniy Bug -(maybe) comparately big Ukrainian river

  6. RussianHools says:

    П Буг – is poland.

  7. Acts_of_Atrocity says:

    Wow. Never seen things like these before!

    It can`t be general railroad system, the rails are too close together. If it is from Russia, it`s probably a part of local railroad service, called “Uzkokoleyka”, they exist in some very remote locations, where no road for car is available. There are no big regular trains on those lines, only a trolley or some hybrid, like on picture above.

  8. fuutott says:

    @JF: I am talkign about the car that i’ve linked in my previous post, and i can bet for a bottle of vodka that it is.

  9. JF says:

    2fuutott: I understood. Gaz-12 (“ZIM”) and Gaz-20 (“Pobeda” and its clone “Warszawa”) are different cars. You can prepare your vodka for me. =P

  10. ganges says:

    If it from Poland – so why sign is cyrrilyc?

  11. Xavi says:

    I heard about Russain authorities’ wish to privatize railroads… but I didn’t expect they referred to this :-)

  12. ilyich says:

    this would be good for drunk driving, no steering needed.

  13. FRANK SCHEER says:

    Actually, this may be track inspection car. Some
    smaller USA railroads did the same in the 1930s.

    [email protected]

    From: “John Pirog”
    To: “Frank Scheer”
    Subject: Re: self-made train….
    Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 14:49:58 -0600

    Just like you said.
    We have them around here only the trains wheels are on
    some kind of hydraulic system. The train wheels raise
    or lower and the vehicle moves on track or street.

    November 16, 2006

    Yes, John. The modern-day equivalents are
    “high-railers.” The earlier version had the tires and
    rims swapped out for steel flanged wheels. Once put
    onto the car, these stayed on the track.

    I’ve not understood why railroads don’t offer a motor
    car service for passengers (mostly railfans) who want
    to travel by road on some of the branchlines. I
    suppose it is due to having to account for nominal
    cash transactions, plus the insurance liability of
    handling passengers.


    [email protected]

  14. Ukrainian says:

    This is in Ukraine. Not in Russia. The town Haivoron, Kirovohrad oblast.
    This is old Uzkokoleyka built in 19th century, 40 km long, not a national railroad system. This is inspection car used by administration, an old russian ZIM car.

  15. Paul Luchter says:

    Here is a similar engine on the East Frisian Island of Syl; this was abandoned mid-1960s, had gone “trolley” in 1959. very narrow narrow gauge.

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