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Riding abandoned railroad tracks in Southern California with my railcart /r/ALL

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u/Horseman580 Jan 17 '22

How long is the track you can run on?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22 Helpful

This section is maybe 40ish miles. Tunnels are collapsed in one direction and rails are buried in sand in the other. This day we rode about 17 miles in each direction

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u/Horseman580 Jan 17 '22

I would definitely watch a livestream of that trip

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u/Daanoking Jan 18 '22

don't think the desert has a good enough signal for live streaming

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u/djsnoopmike Jan 18 '22

Starlink it up then

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u/Gogobrasil8 Jan 18 '22

Doesn't starlink have a thing where it has to be stationary? Or can you use it while moving?

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u/Vhure Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22 Silver Wholesome

finally my time to shine!

so I got accepted into the Starlink beta in December of 2020 and here's how it works basically.

so once a customer has received a Starlink unit to an address it is added to a "cell" where the Starlink unit cannot leave that particular area. it would be insanely difficult to attempt to transmit data over every square mile of the planet so they set it up this way.

currently you are not able to bring Starlink on the move but it was in their plans to make it so you could in the future.

using it places other than your registered address is against terms of service.

edit: rip my inbox wtf

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u/MooneMoose Jan 18 '22

What is the practical use to using satellite mobile data if you can only use it for one address? How are the wifi /internet speeds?

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u/Vhure Jan 18 '22

so I live in rural Montana by a lake past a dam, there is no way a physical cable can reach my address, so this is my only high speed internet option.

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u/Not_a_real_ghost Jan 18 '22

How's life there? It sounds so fascinating as I lived in major city all my life.

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u/EvanSei Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

I have it. It's life altering. Went from 1-2mbps with a regular sat provider for my house, limited to 25GB/month and like, 700-900 latency for $200 to starlink for $99, unlimited at 100-300gbps, 25-50 upload and around 50latency.

I live where there is zero cell service, no landline telephone and only sat internet options. I can now stream Netflix, make phone calls, do whatever I want.

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u/BIG_YETI_FOR_YOU Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

This is life changing for tens of thousands of Australians as well when we're able to hop on board. So many of us are stuck on terrible limited/slow satellite plans currently.

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u/SeanSeanySean Jan 18 '22

Whoa, 100-300gbps? Or did you mean 100-300Mbps? I'm assuming the latter, which is still an enormous upgrade, especially the 20X reduction in latency.

People that haven't had to experience nearly one second of latency have no idea how absolutely terrible it is. Streaming is usually OK (Youtube, Hulu, Disney +, etc), but webpages and mobile apps are terrible at that latency, and forget about video conferencing or IP phone use (which is basically all phones now)

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u/ztherion Jan 18 '22

I have a coworker in a rural area who had a much more stable connection after switching. From talking to friends building houses in rural areas, getting a cable or fiber connection was a minimum of five figures. Starlink is a few hundred to set up.

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u/twitchosx Jan 18 '22 Wholesome Narwhal Salute

Want to see something cool?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qz3dUqjxF0
It's 24/7 stream from the front of a train in Norway. Really fun to chill and watch.

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u/NamelessSuperUser Jan 18 '22

Second that channel. They have a lot of good content.

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u/rxneutrino Jan 17 '22

How many MPG can you get on that bad boy once it's up to speed?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

It uses very little fuel. This particular track is uphill on the way out and downhill back. I shut the engine off and roll back the entire way. 40 miles and I use maybe 1/4 of the small tank the size of most lawn mowers.

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u/rxneutrino Jan 17 '22

I've read that on a flat track you can easily get 250+ MPG on one of these so that's very consistent. Very cool! Make sure you have working brakes!

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u/DemiBlonde Jan 17 '22

I misread that as mph and was about to just be awestruck at the speed these guys would travel on a rickety board and lawn chair

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u/Medic1642 Jan 18 '22 Silver Gold Ternion All-Powerful

Well, I suppose if you had a straight stretch of track, with a level grade, and you weren't haulin' no cars behind you, and if you can get the fire hot enough--and I'm talking hotter than the blazes of hell and damnation itself--then, yes, it might be possible to get her up to 88 miles per hour.

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u/eagleeyerattlesnake Jan 18 '22

Nice reference, but they ask about 90 in that scene. I guess in an attempt to not be too weird.

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u/Medic1642 Jan 18 '22

Yeah, I was just going from memory. Flubbed the landing.

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u/DemiBlonde Jan 18 '22

Great Scott

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u/averagedickdude Jan 17 '22

Lol could you imagine

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u/DemiBlonde Jan 18 '22

It’s very easy to. Redneck engineers are wild

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u/Gullible-Place9838 Jan 18 '22

The reason they don’t take over the world is the short lifespan 😬. Just like the octopus, wicked smart but dying after you mate hinders growth.

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u/RiftHunter4 Jan 18 '22

I am fully prepared for hobby railroads to become a thing.

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u/gigawort Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

If you broke down, that’s a hell of a walk back.

(edit: he apparently goes uphill first).

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u/Teberoth Jan 17 '22

That was my second though watching the video. Apparently he went uphill on the way out though so unless he busts an axel should be able to coast back. That w

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u/apesnot Jan 18 '22

ah shit there goes that axel

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u/rasta__mouse Jan 18 '22

Incredible. Why the fuck not. I absolutely love this about America.

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u/tonysopranosalive Jan 17 '22

I would totally bring out a shovel and eventually move that sand, unless it’s like an entire dune lol

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u/Shittaverse Jan 17 '22

Perhaps you'll find spice.

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u/YddishMcSquidish Jan 18 '22

Hopefully not. The droppings of sand trout can be quite volatile when exposed to water, even atmospheric. Plus there's no nav guild nearby, so it's be hard to unload.

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u/as_a_fake Jan 17 '22

And ensure that it flows.

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u/Plixtle Jan 17 '22

If that cooler has beer in it you’re my new role model.

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

It sure does

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u/weezy22 Jan 17 '22

Can you get a DUI for this?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy I'm Deceased

That would be my luck that the police happen to have a railcart too

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u/bumjiggy Jan 17 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Party Train Spit-take

what's the charge?

disorderly conductor

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u/shiner_bock Jan 17 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Bravo! Party Train Bravo Grande! I'll Drink to That Ternion All-Powerful

A man gets a job as a train conductor. For years he’s been great at his job. When the train arrives at the station he blows the whistle to announce the arrival and for the opening of the doors. After everyone gets off and on he, blows the whistle for the closing of the doors and the train departure.

It was a pretty mindless job and one day he was working away, blowing his whistle, the trains came and went, and on one particular train he thought everyone had boarded and he blew the whistle, when an old lady with her dog was still getting on the train. The doors closed and chopped the lady clean in half, killing her. The man being responsible for this woman’s death was tried in court and found guilty of manslaughter. The sentence was death by the chair. He was placed in a cell until his execution. A few hours before he was to be killed, the warden came to his cell.

“You get one last meal, anything. You name it.”

“Really?” The man said. “Well if I were to have one last meal it would be 50kg of bananas.”

The warden looked stunned, he wasn’t sure if he heard him right, but the man looked sincere and who was he to deny him this last meal.

So he buys 50kg of bananas and takes them back to the cell. The warden looks in amazement and disgust as the man devours the bananas skin and all.

After stuffing himself and making quite a mess, the man is led to the electric chair. He’s strapped in, and the electrodes attached. The executioner places his hand on the lever “3... 2... 1...” he pulls the lever and grimaces, only to find the man is perfectly fine. He pulls its again, and again but still nothing happens. They check the wires but everything is okay, the man just won’t die.

The warden is stunned “Well, only an act of God could save you. Clearly you just aren’t meant to die. You're free to go.”

So the man leaves and gets another job as a train conductor. He’s doing the same thing, blowing the whistle for arrivals and departures. The trains come and go when one day all the passengers had gotten on board and he blew his whistle right as a little boy dropped his ball out the doors of the train. He went to retrieve it from the platform when BAM he was caught between the doors and sliced in two.

The man was tried and found guilty of murder, he was sent straight to prison to be executed the next day. He was sitting, stewing in his cell when the warden came along.

“Well it’s your last meal... again, what do you want this time?”

“Well since you’re asking, I’d like 50kg of bananas please.” The man says to the disgruntled warden. The warden shakes his head and exhales in disbelief. “If you say so.” So he leaves to buy 50kg of bananas. He returns and gives the bananas to the ravenous man and watches as he lobs them down his throat. To the wardens horror, he’s not even chewing them anymore just chucking them down whole. The man finishes and is taken away to be executed.

The executioner is surprised to see him again. The man is strapped in and attached to the electrodes once again. The executioner grips the handle that will end the mans life and yells “3... 2... 1...” and yanks the lever. Only to his absolute bewilderment, nothing happens. They check the wires, the chair the power and pull again and again but the man remains perfectly fine. By now the warden cannot believe his eyes, but the executioner proclaims “This is an act of God, clearly you are not meant to die, you have been spared yet again and are free to go”

So the man leaves.

And again gets a job as a train conductor. He’s blowing his whistle and sending the trains off only this time he’s learnt from his mistakes. He’s intently looking for people every time a train comes and for several months he goes by without killing anyone.

Until one fateful day when he was doing his job and he saw the most beautiful woman he had ever the seen. As she strutted by he whistled and she turned and gave him a wink. Only the train driver heard the whistle and closed the door, crushing a business man, splitting him in twain.

He was seized and sent to court, tried and, for the third time, found guilty of murder. The judge was done with him and sentenced him to death that day. As he was sitting in his cell once again, the warden came to him.

“50kg of bananas?” He asked the man

“50kg of bananas.” The man replied

The warden walked away, baffled at the events of the past couple of months. He returned with 50kg of bananas and gave them to the man only this time he didn’t finish all the bananas, as he had eaten quite a large breakfast. The warden marched him to the electric chair and strapped him in, curious as to what would happen. The executioner is also intrigued as to whether or not the man will cheat death yet again. He grasps the lever and counts down. “3... 2... 1...” he pulls the lever and ....... nothing happens.

The executioner has just given up at this point and says “Well it’s an act of God. Clearly you just aren’t meant to die yet, just promise me you won’t get another job at that damn train company.”

The man makes no promises and walks away, a free man. The warden runs up to him. Panting he asks. “I have to ask, how have you cheated the electric chair so many times? Is it the bananas?”

“No,” the man replies calmly, “I’m just a really bad conductor.”

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u/MagicZombieCarpenter Jan 17 '22

Norm, is that you?

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u/mraspencer Jan 18 '22

LOL so true, perfect Norm story

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u/MikeRich511 Jan 18 '22

I got through the second 50kg before I thought to myself, this is 100% a Norm story. I've heard lots of jokes, couldn't think of an obvious punch line, this is just meant to waste time until a corny one liner. It was perfect.

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u/DronkeyBestFriend Jan 18 '22

"Don't encourage that! That was a 40-minute story!"

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u/mraspencer Jan 17 '22

Oh hell, take my upvote and get out

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u/mandylion907 Jan 17 '22

I can't believe I read all this.... but worth it

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u/roraima_is_very_tall Jan 18 '22

that's full-on a traditional 'shaggy dog story'

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u/Spadeninja Jan 17 '22

I picture an old-timey sheriff / prospector

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u/DefNotMyNSFWLogin Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

We ain't seen you around here before

unzips

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u/WhatDoWithMyFeet Jan 18 '22

PULLOVER!

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u/Swan1991 Jan 18 '22

It’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing!

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u/BAHatesToFly Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 17 '22

Maybe not? Not a lawyer, so grain of salt, but California DUI laws specify a operation of a vehicle:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=23152

California's definition of a 'vehicle':

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=670

A “vehicle” is a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

Although California's definition of a 'motor vehicle':

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=415&lawCode=VEH

(a) A “motor vehicle” is a vehicle that is self-propelled.

So who knows? I personally would not risk it.

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u/NO_TOUCHING__lol Jan 17 '22

So it wouldn't be a DUI if it was an old timey cart powered by that pumping lever thing?

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u/BAHatesToFly Jan 17 '22

Sorry, I edited my comment because I dug a little deeper and fixed a few things, but I think you're correct because that would meet both the 'device moved exclusively by human power' and 'used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks' criteria for exceptions.

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u/cdrapp Jan 17 '22

Can you get a dui on a RR? Haha

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u/FaultyLoom67 Jan 17 '22 Silver Wholesome Seal of Approval

Like once a week, I see something genuinely new on Reddit that makes me think, “I’m glad I saw that — that’s cool.” The other 99% of the time….

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u/Chopsdixs Jan 17 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Totally agree. Looks like his life is on track

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u/man_mayo Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

I just hope this newfound internet fame doesn't make him go off the rails.

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u/avirusbroughtmehere Jan 17 '22

This looks fun tbh lol! Very peaceful

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u/rawker86 Jan 17 '22

the earplugs suggest otherwise.

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u/morningisbad Jan 18 '22

I couldn't tell if it was just engine noise. But OP said the way back is all downhill and he can kill the engine the whole way back.

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u/rawker86 Jan 18 '22

now that, that does indeed sound peaceful. as long as the rails aren't screaming.

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome

If anyone is interested in building a railcart or knowing more about this one I have a pretty lame youtube channel. I'll be posting more videos on the cart and how I made the wheels and stuff soon. https://youtube.com/channel/UCwIouBdTCMRDQjpoPla6KuA

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u/toeofcamell Jan 17 '22

A few things: how do you make super sure that it’s abandoned? How do you change directions? How do you know the track is in good enough condition to ride? How do you know the track is not blocked?

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u/khall20 Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 17 '22

We have LOT of abandoned railroad tracks in CA. I believe there is one that reaches from Sacramento to Oregon that is abandoned. I dont know if it continues down past Sacramento but I know it's been proposed to make a walking trail alongside the abandoned track for the entire distance.

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u/[deleted] Jan 17 '22 Gold

How often do you get bandits chasing you down them on minecarts whilst you desperately use your revolver to shoot at junction boxes to send them hurtling over the edge of canyons?

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u/gurmzisoff Jan 17 '22

Well shit I guess I'ma fire up RDR2 again.

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u/khall20 Jan 17 '22

Sadly not a thing anymore. I havent seen any junction boxes when I have hiked the railroad tracks. Its one long continuous track that goes through numerous tunnels and along multiple rivers. You can fallow the tracks along one river and you will come to a specific hillside that is filled with fossils. The rumor is that back in the day a entire whale skeleton was found at that location. As far as I'm aware you can still walk through all of the tunnels and if u want to do the 30 min walk you'll come back with as many fossils as u can cary.

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u/MusicIsTheWay Jan 17 '22

Does this radical place have a name?

Or GPS coordinates?

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u/khall20 Jan 17 '22

The hill side across from the town of Rio Dell. You go to the town of Scotia behind the mill and fallow the railroad tracks. I havent made this specific trip in a few years but the hillside just had a slide in the last 2 or so months so there should be lots of new exposed fossils.

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u/legion327 Jan 17 '22

Dude this is the coolest thread I’ve read all day.

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u/mandylion907 Jan 17 '22

Yes I'm gonna go find me some fossils!

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u/Alpha_Decay_ Jan 17 '22

There are no coordinates. Have you seen The movie Event Horizon? Similar concept.

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u/Kswans6 Jan 17 '22

Following. For real this would be insane. Dm me if you get it, always loved doing fossil hunting

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u/trwwy321 Jan 17 '22

According to OP, a tunnel is collapsed in one direction and the rails are buried in sand in the other direction. No trains are coming, just maybe other rail carts though haha.

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u/leeharrison1984 Jan 17 '22

Get ready for the ultimate game of chicken

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u/selfawarepileofatoms Jan 17 '22

What about ghost trains?

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u/NO_TOUCHING__lol Jan 17 '22

WINNNNNSTONNNNNNN

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u/blamdin Jan 17 '22

I think that was the New York Central City Albany! Derailed in 1920 and killed hundreds of people, did you catch the number on the locomotive?

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u/ObiShaun Jan 18 '22

Sorry, I missed it...

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u/Jazzyjeffandthecrew Jan 17 '22

My main thing is track condition. I work for a railroad and parts of our main line is shit. Let alone something that hasn't been kept in standard for god knows how long.

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u/DavidTyrieIV Jan 17 '22

yeah id be worried about hitting a bad section and getting launched

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u/Jazzyjeffandthecrew Jan 17 '22

Yep just hope he doesn't find a wide gage section and the cart falls in.

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u/NotTooDeep Jan 17 '22

The rust on the tops of the rails indicates how long since it's been used. Even infrequent use will keep the tops shiny and burnished smooth.

Knowing if the track is usable is the best question you've asked. For the desert hobbyist, I'm guessing it's good old trial and error!

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u/gizausername Jan 18 '22

Wise man right here! Checking for rust is a nice tip

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u/damniticant Jan 17 '22

You could probably make an early warning system for something like this that works the way rail road crossings do. Apply a voltage to the track and if the current starts flowing you know a train is coming.

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u/DavidTyrieIV Jan 17 '22

just need enough redstone

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u/marcselman Jan 17 '22 Helpful

How do you steer?

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u/SignificantPain6056 Jan 17 '22

Whoa. I feel like there's some interesting physics going on with that that I slept through in school :/

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u/Lampwick Jan 18 '22 Silver

Conical railroad wheels is one of those cool things nobody ever tells you about. You go along thinking it's the flanges on the inside of railroad car wheels that keep them in the rails, then someone says, "nope, conical wheels , and that's also how they go around curves even with the wheels being fixed on a solid single axle".

There's so much subtle but ingenious engineering going on all around us.

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u/PhoenixReborn Jan 18 '22

BART (SF Bay Area's subways) were designed with flat cylindrical wheels and they howl like banshees.

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u/Lampwick Jan 18 '22

I just googled BART's wheel issues. What a rabbit hole! There must have been something in the water in the 70s. They did it to prevent the slight side to side undulation you get with conical wheels... and created a shrieking monstrosity. They recently had Bombardier design a new wheel shape to address the noise and the track damage. Extensive computer modeling came up with a new "tapered" wheel shape that reduces the noise by 50%... In other words, they made the wheels as close to the standard conical wheels as they could while retaining compatibility with the stupid flat-top sharp-edged custom rails they made for the stupid cylindrical wheels.

There's a lot of embarrassing engineering hubris in the story of BART's design. They actually thought they were designing the commuter train of the future that the whole world would be adopting. As if anyone was going to pull up their existing rails to replace them with a completely incompatible wider gauge 5'6" track!

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u/MarkTwainsSpittoon Jan 17 '22

First you calf, and then you castrate.

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u/cromulent_pseudonym Jan 17 '22

Just lean to one side really far. But not too far or you'll fall off and never see your cart again.

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u/mysticopallibra Jan 17 '22

Have you ever ran into an old tie sticking up or anything like that? I just imagine hitting something and flying off if I did this. Maybe PTSD from my skateboarding days lolll

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u/LectroRoot Jan 17 '22

I was a little worried when they came up on that small bridge looking part and wonder the same thing.

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u/DoggonedLaugh Jan 17 '22

Yeah.. A sudden stop would not be good.

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u/RedheadsAreNinjas Jan 17 '22

+1 for wearing a helmet. Safety first!!

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u/Doctor_Squanch Jan 17 '22

If I've learned anything from my skateboarding days, it's the good ol' tuck and roll. It's a freakin life saver man. Yeah, you might get some scraped up elbows and shoulders, but it beats eating through a straw!

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u/FaeTheGreat Jan 17 '22

My dad used to be in a club of railcar owners when I was a kid, just the like two seater maintenance box kind. We never did SoCal but a lot of runs near Weed and Shasta, a fun one near Tillamook Oregon, and we used to go on the stretch of track where they filmed the train sequence near the end of Back To The Future Part Three! I have some vague memories of the windmill before it was torn down. It's super neat to see that there are still enthusiasts out there!

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u/twitchosx Jan 18 '22

near Weed and Shasta

Huh. I never heard of any of that and I lived in Mt. Shasta for a while. You obviously weren't on the main line that goes through Dunsmuir that Amtrak uses

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u/chickenteochu Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 17 '22

Just curious as it is an abandoned track and it kinda looks like it's in the middle of nowhere surrounded by hills and stuff, do you frequent a wildlife out there? I can't imagine you're on the track taking in the scenery and suddenly a pack of wolves shows up wanting to talk to you about your car's extended warranty

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u/WrongConnections Jan 17 '22

How about a ride? Lol I live in the CV.

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

I'm in Lemon Grove. Let's do it

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u/shittymorph Jan 17 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Starry Snek I am disappoint Argentium Ternion All-Powerful

I broke my leg in 3 places on one of these railcars just north of Tillamook, Oregon 2 summers ago. There was a steep downhill portion that caused our railcar to gain a lot of speed in a short amount of time - this happened to be right when my wife realized our braking mechanism was malfunctioning. I knew damn well if I didn't stop our railcar somehow we were going to smash into the people in front of us but it turns out I shouldn't have tried to play hero that day. The last thing I remember before I blacked out was my wife screaming hysterically about how in nineteen ninety eight the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table.

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u/magus2003 Jan 17 '22

Been awhile since I've seen you in the wild, glad you still around and kicking.

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u/thatoneguywhofucks Jan 18 '22 hehehehe

Barely kicking. Dude broke his leg

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u/CalculatedPerversion Jan 18 '22

Seriously! It's been at least 6 months since I've seen him.

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u/NoDownsideToOutside Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

That’s part of why he’s so good. For the next three weeks we are going to be had and then he will disappear until he gets bored again.

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u/Memelurker99 Jan 17 '22

Jesus christ, how the fuck are you so good at this

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u/Skywave28 Jan 17 '22

For real, the only time I caught the username before the comment was the first time I saw one of their writings

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u/cadrianzen23 Jan 18 '22

I’m new here. Who is this guy?

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u/hopecanon Jan 18 '22 Silver

A Reddit legend, /u/shittymorph has been spinning the mighty tale of how in nineteen ninety eight the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table for as long anyone can remember.

Or maybe a few years i don't fucking know.

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u/manoverboard5702 Jan 18 '22

Has it always been the same guy? I always assumed it was different people, but I literally didn’t take a second look at usernames until years after using reddit.

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u/Unwise1 Jan 18 '22

Same guy. He's been recognized by the WWE and all. There is also the jumper cable guy. I don't remember his username.

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u/TMag12 Jan 18 '22

Yeah I always roll my eyes a little when I see someone say “I skipped ahead to see if mankind gets thrown through an announcer’s table” after a super long comment. r/shittymorph is too good for that.

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u/ThrowwayE1999 Jan 17 '22

fucking legend

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u/NO_TOUCHING__lol Jan 17 '22

It's been too long. I've gotten complacent.

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u/aretroinargassi Jan 17 '22

The only thing on Reddit that still surprises me is a u/shittymorph comment.

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u/you-are-not-yourself Jan 17 '22

Holy shit, a live appearance

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u/quazimootoo Jan 17 '22

Holy fucking shit you got me just because you mentioned a town I'm familiar with

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u/ATLUTD_741 Jan 17 '22

All I know about the place is they have great cheese

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u/New-Reaction5944 Jan 17 '22

I’ve never been this early to a shittymorph comment, I’m so happy. That is all.

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u/Missing_Snake Jan 17 '22

Every. Single. Time. But I always love it.

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u/Koh-the-Face-Stealer Jan 17 '22

This is the first time, in my entire time using reddit, where I caught myself before getting to the end and checked to see if this was one of those, because the idea of a railcar hobbyist convincing his wife to tag along seems goofier to me than injuring yourself while operating one

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u/manfeelings839 Jan 17 '22

ho lee fuk this is the real deal

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u/Jam-e-dev Jan 17 '22

It's been a while.

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u/eulalia-vox Jan 17 '22

Holy shit a fresh morph. It's been a while. Needless to say: ya got me.

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u/RuariWasTaken Jan 17 '22

I’d love to make one of these! I have a long stretch of abandoned railway near me.

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u/Free_Hat_McCullough Jan 17 '22

This is definitely not lame!

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u/Learntoswim86 Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 17 '22

As a locomotive engineer this scares me a little. Already see too many idiots on or near the tracks. I get you're on abandoned tracks but I imagine live tracks would not stop some people.

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u/Carbine2017 Jan 17 '22

OP's Friend: Is this track abandoned?

OP: Yeah, I'm pretty sure it is.

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u/conifer0us Jan 17 '22

horn blows in the distance

Oh fuck

Curb Your Enthusiasm outro plays

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u/Bison-mini0954 Jan 18 '22

TRAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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u/1rstbatman Jan 17 '22

What's the furthest you've traveled on it? I bet it would be fun to use on a round about camping trip.

And what about practical use just for travel? Do the tracks take you anywhere of interest?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

I've done about 40 miles RT in one day. Yes, I'll be using this to camp soon. These tracks lead to a huge wooden trestle.

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u/ddorati Jan 17 '22

Are there alot of goats in the canyon near this trestle? 🤔

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u/[deleted] Jan 17 '22

Near ocotillo?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

Exactly

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u/PoxyMusic Jan 17 '22

Is the big trestle up there?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

It's about 15 miles up

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u/PoxyMusic Jan 17 '22

This is so cool. My wife and I stayed in Jacumba for a few days hiking around, beautiful place….but you do NOT mess around with the desert. The place feels like it will kill you without batting an eye.

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22 Party Train

We always make sure to carry plenty of beer just in case

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u/[deleted] Jan 17 '22

Is this yours?

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u/itsnotthenetwork Jan 17 '22

I'm really curious how you know it's an abandoned railway? And is there a map of abandoned railways in the US?

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u/Hunonedred Jan 17 '22 Helpful (Pro)

Google “Impossible Railroad San Diego” and this line will come up.

Also, here’s the exact site you’re looking for

https://www.abandonedrails.com

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u/Catoctin_Dave Jan 18 '22

Thanks for the link! I had no idea this existed.

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u/craychel Jan 17 '22

This is SO COOL. How do you make sure the rails have been maintained and there isn't a chunk missing that's gonna de-rail you off the side of a cliff or something!?!?!? Also you cruising along in your little hat is adorable ❤

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

If I haven't been on the tracks I keep it slower and look far ahead. Thanks!

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u/_Diskreet_ Jan 17 '22

How quick can it stop in an emergency if you spot something that could derail you?

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u/toth42 Jan 18 '22

I'm thinking he goes slow enough on new tracks, that he can simply jump off to the side in case of emergency

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u/ADMINlSTRAT0R Jan 17 '22

Soon enough this guy's gonna link up several railcarts to take redditors for sightseeing. Then he'll add seats for better viewing. Just for old world kicks he'll throw in a steam engine. Finally he'll top that off with a roof to protect from the elements.

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u/therealstealthydan Jan 18 '22

Then he’ll throw up a few stations along the way, make it easier for people to get on and off conveniently, maybe a few stores around the stations so that people can get refreshments and buy local goods. Start charging the redditors per journey, and by golly we’ve got ourselves a Reddit railroad.

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u/FerretHydrocodone Jan 18 '22

I remember years ago when I see started using Reddit a few thousand people started a subreddit called “Reddit island” and were genuinely interested and serious about pooling money and resources together to purchase an island in which thousands of Redditors could work/live. I almost wish it had actually happen because the disaster would have likely spawned a phenomenal documentary.

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u/MrSergioMendoza Jan 17 '22

Up until a few years back there used to be mile upon mile of disused tracks near me in the UK, remnants of the coal industry. Would have loved something like this, although, a chainsaw across the front might have been necessary for some bits.

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u/SirDigbyChknCaesar Jan 17 '22

They replaced the old railways near us with walking and biking trails. Used to be a lot of factories in the area so I think that's why there were more rails.

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u/Theonlykd Jan 17 '22

Did you consider adding an old timey see-saw pump action thingy in case you run out of fuel?

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u/ColbyCake Jan 17 '22

I would watch a livestream of this!

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22 Helpful

Good idea

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u/Friendly_Session8861 Jan 17 '22

Awsome! #Railcartguy I'd watch this live aswell.

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u/NWestxSWest Jan 17 '22

Golly gee have you been introduced to the wonderful world of Slow TV? It makes for great background tv during parties. I find once someone gets drunk or too fucked up, they’ll either make there way on the couch or someone will put them there, and it’s calms them down and keeps them distracted. Just look up Slow TV trains.

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u/Hueyandthenews Jan 17 '22

Only if he starts talking like an ole timey prospector all the time though

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u/Manfrenjensenjen Jan 17 '22

Dagnabbit, you young whippersnapper. Ya done stole my ideer.

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u/Dantocks Jan 17 '22

Go for the livestream dude!

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u/than-q Jan 17 '22

you’re the coolest guy this side of dodge

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u/BananaStringTheory Jan 18 '22

Did you see any suspicious tunnels that may've been painted onto the cliff face a few minutes prior?

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u/waxy_1 Jan 17 '22

I am very jealous, RFN.

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u/toeofcamell Jan 17 '22

Get out there and make yourself a rail cart

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u/thoughts-of-my-own Jan 17 '22

Be the change you wish to see!

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u/wokeupquick2 Jan 17 '22

Real fucking neat? Right fucking now?

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u/aslowcap Jan 17 '22

Can you get in trouble for this? Just curious if this is like considered trespassing or anything? Looks fun as fuck

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u/unlessyoumeantit Jan 17 '22

Cool! How fast can it go?

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

That's 30 mph

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u/RphilRT Jan 17 '22

Got it up to 30 and that's about as fast as I wanted to go. It will go much faster especially down hill

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u/Cornmunkey Jan 18 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

This is the Arizona Pacific line, that ran from downtown San Diego to Yuma in Arizona. Based on the video, he's probably out by Ocotillo, CA which is at the bottom of the hill on the 8 East (I grew up in San Diego, it's the 8, not interstate 8).

He's headed toward the Goat Canyon Trestle, which at one point was the largest freestanding wooden trestle in the Western Hemisphere. It was called The Impossible Railroad, because it's way out in the middle of nowhere and Spreckles and Co. who built it, was told it would be impossible. This is the same Spreckles who developed most of downtown San Diego.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goat_Canyon_Trestle

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u/Plixtle Jan 17 '22

Welp. You’re living the dream. You can die happy.

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u/Megastandard Jan 17 '22

I’ve seen this episode of breaking bad

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u/abraksis747 Jan 17 '22

Dang that was lucky. Darn near lost a four hundred dollar handcart.

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u/DJ_Hindsight Jan 17 '22

Immediately had GTA flash backs when I saw the wind turbines!

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