THE BEST Railroads

Backyard Trestle Railroad

Backyard Trestle Railroad

Zach Peterson is a plumber by day, but he loves to build things in his spare time. His greatest creation to date is a steam-powered backyard railway. The train is big enough to carry people along the world’s longest ride-on train trestle – at over 680 feet long. Coolest Thing introduces us to Zach and his amazing railway.

Minivan Railway

Minivan Railway

Located in the Carpathian mountains in Romania, this narrow gauge track is host to a truly unusual traincar, an old Ford minivan which has been converted to run on rails. While it can run in reverse, the whole thing can be lifted and spun around for longer journeys.

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Going Off the Rails

Going Off the Rails

Rails? We don’t need no stinkin’ rails! That’s what this little toy train is clearly thinking as it somehow manages to continue its journey even when the tracks come to a sudden end. Thanks for the nudge, Mr. Wall!

Riding the Rails

Riding the Rails

YouTuber Roadie fabricated a nifty motorized skateboarding rig that allows its rider to glide efforlessly (if not exactly quickly) along railroad tracks. Needless to say, don’t try this idea at home unless you’re 100% certain the rails are abandoned like the ones shown here.

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