17 thoughts on “Self-made Train”

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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


    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.



  9. 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.

  10. 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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