Welcome, visitor! [ Register | Login

House on Wheels (Train Houses)

Trains November 29, 2016

House on Wheels (Train House)

How about life in a railroad caboose? For some, the even mention of the name does not mean anything, since they started to see a decline in usage or elimination on U.S. railroads by the mid 1980’s and Canadian railroads following suit by the 90’s. In short it was the mobile office on the back of the train for the Conductor and Brakeman who would sit up high in the “cupola” and people would wave at him as the train passed. Such a perch higher above the train was designed with safety in mind; such as to watch for potential problems along the way for the train. This maybe unauthorized riders or damaged equipment and therefore could radio the Engineer. It could be a full-time dwelling, vacation home or roadside business site.

First, before putting down the railroad ties on your property, find out the zoning requirements in your area. Most owners choose to purchase their own land and many times property taxes do not apply, in many instances when the car is put back on wheels and this can classify it as a portable structure. For a permanent home, several modifications can be made to include solar power and extreme makeovers in the interior for greater use of space.

If used for a vacation home you will still have to hire a crane to set it on a small set of rails if desired, which can be upwards of $300 per hour.

A roadside business idea could be a store or café since you are certain to have the only one around for miles.

Most of such cars when found are pretty used up. The purchasing agent on a railroad is a good resource to start with to locate your caboose and it had been reported prices started at $2000 and even less if wooden cars could be found.

By Willys6

house-on-wheels-train-house-2 house-on-wheels-train-house-3 house-on-wheels-train-house-4 house-on-wheels-train-house-5

10662 total views, 0 today

World’s First Zero Emissions Train

Trains September 26, 2016

World's First Zero Emissions Train

Yes, zero emissions. This is a new train just finished in Germany. It’s a hydrogen train, or “hydrail,” and is the first passenger train powered completely by hydrogen.

The company that built it is called Alstom, and they’re French.

“Coradia iLint is a new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, its only emission being steam and condensed water while operating with a low level of noise,” according to the company.

The zero emissions hydrogen train will be put into service on Germany’s Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony by December 2017.

Top speed: 87 miles per hour (140 km/h).

It will also be much quieter than diesel trains. Passengers will only be able to hear the rush of wind and the sound of the wheels in motion.

2428 total views, 0 today

  • Chevrolet Kodiak - Medium Duty Muscle

    Chevrolet Kodiak - Medium Duty Muscle

    by on November 3, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Is there another vehicle that can go from blue-collar work to white-collar work and maintain its credibility as a working vehicle? Maybe, maybe not. But the Chevrolet Kodiak has and will continue to serve in multiple capacities as a medium duty truck, whether it’s used as a crew transport, a school bus, or carrying the […]

  • Tesla Semi Tractor... Fully-loaded 0-60 in 20 seconds

    Tesla Semi Tractor... Fully-loaded 0-60 in 20 seconds

    by on November 18, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Elon Musk has now revealed the new Tesla semi truck, a tractor that’s more aerodynamic, more environmentally friendly, and faster than any semi truck ever built, showing graphs that made regular tractors appear to be barely moving compared with the fast-accelerating Tesla option. Truckers, can you imagine a fully weighted 0-60 in 20 seconds? Of […]

  • Harley Davidson Limo Hybrid

    by on August 26, 2017 - 0 Comments

    If there were two more disaparate vehicles, we haven’t seen them. The limousine, used for fancy occasions and even fancier lifeystles, with plenty of luxuries for the uber-wealthy, and the crazy motorcycle known the world over for being the transportation chosen by certain motorcycle clubs – and … it must have been a one night […]

  • Haulmark RVs, a Luxury RV that Does Everything

    Haulmark RVs, a Luxury RV that Does Everything

    by on November 6, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Whether you’re looking for a motorhome, a stacker, or trailer, or even all three, it can be difficult to find one of each. Some companies only make motorhomes, others only make stackers and trailers, and some only make trailers and motorhomes. Haulmark not only has motorhomes, but motor garages (for your racing vehicles) and a […]

  • Scania's Premier Class 8 Trucks

    Scania's Premier Class 8 Trucks

    by on November 3, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Over 100 years ago, two companies called Vabis and Scania joined forces to become a European powerhouse, delivering trucks, special vehicles, and buses to Europe. With production facilities in South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and over 40,000 employees, Scania AB is widely recognized as the premier European distributor of class 8 vehicles. What began […]