In Russia you have your own railway
By - CommonSchemeForYou
Absolutely brilliant use of abandoned rail road tracks!
Doesn't look abandoned, there's a train on it!
Now it needs some wagons!
Seriously. There are hundreds of miles of abandoned tracks in my state that run thru wilderness. I would love one of these.
Just make one, if you are sure they are fully abadoned lines.
Google for draisine, velorail and railway handcar for ideas
There may even be clubs or individuals in the area that you can get in touch with for help or tips.
what might be more useful would be an ATV modified with additional wheels to keep it on the track, like the way they now use pickup trucks but with additional guide wheels to do track maintenance? that way you can drive it to the track, explore, then get off the track if necessary - like this
In Siberia after the snow melts, the trails are often too muddy for wheeled vehicles (atv) and using a fixed rail (bridge) system is ideal. Not an old track, but one that was built specifically for this type of transport when snow machines are no longer in use during the summer.
Ohh that's really cool! Thank you for the insightful information kind stranger.
Insterestingly, some of the most isolated communities in Siberia are only accessible during the winter when the mud has frozen. But since the temps usually drop to -60 C ( ~80 f) one has two keep the car engines running day and night because after 15 minutes the car's engine freeze. But due to the limitations of the fuel they can carry, they cannot take breaks so they end up driving 4 to 5 days straight
I hit a cold snap in New England and lost the battle to keep my fuel from gelling at -37f. -80f my diesel ain't gonna start. I'm not sure if even letting the engine run would be able to keep it from gelling in the fuel filters at idle at that temp.
They run on gas 4x4s. I experienced something like -40 f and it's just painful. I'm lost for words as to how cars are able to function at those temps but they do
Amazon prime has a documentary on that journey i think it's called death dicing or dicing with death.
That makes sense! I was wondering why someone would go to the trouble of building this instead of using a quad
Lol why was that summer so lit for everyone
Either that or in use rail tracks and vodka
There are not many options if this is the only road to civilization. These are almost extinct villages. The diesel locomotive TU4-1800 was specially designed for narrow-gauge roads of this type. Now everything is abandoned.
That Toyota has seen some things
So has the dog...
If I grab car keys my dogs lose their crap even if they had just gone on a ride 10 minutes earlier, this dude is living the life so many dogs dream of.
Doggo is a conductor
Is it weird that I knew that thing was going to work incredibly well when I saw how shiny the emblem was?
No, a man who polishes his emblem daily can achieve a great many things.
Missing a balalaika.
How does he turn around to go back?
He just rewinds the video
Wow I’m extremely jealous of this honestly
My dog is jealous of that dog what a lucky boy
look up "narcoa speeder trip" on youtube. it's an expensive hobby in north america but it exists
That looks awesome, the only draw back besides the expense is rules honestly. I just wanna be a drunk Russian with my dog on a rail car.
I believe those lines are some old mining lines, roght? They’re small for a train.
Could have been a narrow gauge railway
Yeah, Russia historically used a lot of narrow gauge for industrial and rural purposes, and so do some other countries of the former Soviet bloc. Leftover from the Imperial Russian era
Exactly. My mom grew up in a small village in Lithuania and lived right next to a narrow gauge railway which connected the village to the next small town, which then went to a bigger town. Part of it still works! Although I’ve never ridden it :(
Lumber perhaps. Or he is just the last citizen of a village (or perhaps collective farm) that used to have narrow gauge service long ago. In any case, this is more economical for him than snow machines or terrain vehicles as long as he is able to keep the track intact.
I mean, who doesn't like dogs and trains?
Yeah, but as I’m sure this guy is, I’d be tearing that thing up hammered all day long
Give it lots of treats and belly rubs
Looks like a Toyota Corollacoster
OMG this gonna be stuck in my head all day isn't it?
Yes, it will.
Picture me Corollin’
they see me corollin'
He said he built it out of some car parts and two chairs without the backs and a motorcycle engine.
Powered by Minsk! Great little bikes.
I think the chair part was a descriptor, because the machine is wonky, small and uncomfortable
What is the metro 2033 lookin shit.
Exactly what I was thinking lol. He’s all set to explore Underground Moscow. Well that and he’ll need a trusty AK.
*cruising down railroad tracks* ah blyat I left my shotgun made from bicycle parts at home.
Come Artyom, we have no time for that. We must make it to Polis to stop the Red Lines attack!
Gotta fight off the Russian zombies somehow
**If it’s hostile, you kill it**
FUCK! I was wanting to say this
I loved the whole vibe of that section, but being able to actually control the car was super fun :)
In the west we thought Metro 2033 was dystopia. In the East it's just /r/ANormalDayInRussia
looks similar to the one in this doc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ikjWbPM_w
tldw: small village 200 km off the nearest paved road uses an out of service logging rail to stay connected to civilization
Very interesting look into a remote village. Thanks for sharing.
I feel like Russia is 25% authoritarian dystopia and 75% post apocalyptic wilderness but it's long enough after the apocalypse that everyone has just kinda figured life out.
There is actually a story written by Glukhovsky with the same premise. In a distant Russian village a TV stops working, turns out the nuclear war is the reason and people there didn't even noticed
Dope. He's the same that wrote the metro books right? Whats the name of this story you speak of? Id love to check it out.
Yep, that's the same author. It's from a book called "Tales About the Motherland", the story itself is called "Before and After" in Russian language. Don't know if this book is available in English though.
I read it a long time ago but I think it's my favorite out of his books. He really captured the era of modern Russia perfectly with these stories. Unlike his recent "Text" which is all doom and gloom, some stories here are filled with irony, faith and hope.
I mean, if your entire country collapses into smaller states, but you lived out in the middle of fucking nowhere... it's pretty possible that you just don't notice, don't care, and go on living your weird ass train-riding hermit lifestyle with your dog.
There were people who escaped the second world war by traveling into the russian taiiga, and then just stayed there several decades not knowing the war had ended.
Never knew that. Is there anything more to it? Or is it literally that they went into the wilderness and just... lived.
Here’s one family that went to Siberia to escape a purge of their religious group and lived in the wilderness for 42 year until they were eventually found by a geological crew, they didn’t even know WW2 happened.
Oh wow, what a fascinating story. As I read to the end of the article, I recalled watching a documentary on the surviving daughter some years ago. It's [this one](https://rtd.rt.com/films/agafia-lykova-documentary/). Shows her daily life now, and there are allegations of incest against the dad (wouldn't be surprising, but she denies it).
That was a very interesting read, thanks for sharing the link!
Time to come back, Rasputin
(This is a Vice documentary about the family posted about by the user above my comment)
Tarkovsky's *Stalker* is like half little railways like this.
That’s the first thing that came to my mind too!
oo is it worth the watch?
Very much so!
Just wanted to support you watching Stalker. It's my favorite movie, and leaves me with a new perspective every time
Basically fallout them?
It's like where you do if you want a chance to max out your manliness stats in life. You can do heaps more shit like this, huge freedom to build, have wild exotic animals, drive cars crazy, travel, have bears as pets, or just drink yourself to death.
Honestly, the wilderness seems absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to visit Russia at some point due to interesting history and beautiful nature, but I wouldn't feel quite safe there with some of their LGBT policies
What % is the remote industrial towns where the air is so polluted it melts the paint off of houses?
Tarkovsky would have loved this
To the Zone!
Get out of here Stalker.
I said come in! Don't just stand there.
He says without having said anything beforehand.
Was looking for this comment.
I wasn't surprised by the fact that a dog was driving, I was surprised by the fact that it wasn't a bear
Anyone got a source on those tunes?
My [earlier comment on the subject](https://www.reddit.com/r/ANormalDayInRussia/comments/jy4t1n/guy_made_his_own_motorcycle_train_car_to_hunt_with/gd2mz1w/):
I've written down the video soundtrack as well:
Tune is playing in the background:
_1920 Russian Romance with Gypsy Theme and apparent anti-Soviet lyric's context (as some post-the-revolution-and-civil-war Russian emigrants assumed) [Дорогой длинною](https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Дорогой_длинною) | Dorogoy Dlinnoyu [Along the road that long]_
Guy is saying:
_Вот сейчас отсюда выедет чудо-техника. Батька открывает гараж из бочки. Эта чудо-техника повезет нас на охоту. В простонародии называется Пионерка, а в итоге, - табуретка с четырьмя колесами, двигатель от мотоцикла Минск, ветростекло, ветрозащита. А поедем мы вот по этой узкоколейной железной дороге._
_Here now a wonder-machine is going to go out from here. The father is opening the garage [made] from the barrel. This wonder-machine will bring us out there to hunt. People call it Pionerka (see my message above[*](https://www.reddit.com/r/ANormalDayInRussia/comments/jy4t1n/guy_made_his_own_motorcycle_train_car_to_hunt_with/gd10ikc/)), [which is] finally, - a stool with four wheels, an engine from Minsk motorcycle, windscreen, windshield. And we're going to ride there along this narrow-gauge railway._
Romance refrain is coming to the foreground as they go:
_Дорогой длинною, погодой лунною,_
_Да с песней той, что в даль летит, звеня,_
_Да со старинною, да семиструнною,_
_Что по ночам так мучает меня._
_Да, выходит, пели мы задаром._
_Понапрасну ночь за ночью жгли._
_Если мы покончили со старым,_
_Так и ночи эти отошли!_
_[We're going] Along the road [that] long, along the weather [that] moony,_
_And with the song that flies into the far, ringing,_
_And with the antique [guitar], and the seven-string [guitar],_
_That torments me so much at nights._
_Yes, it turns out we were singing for nothing._
_For nothing [we were] burning night after night._
_If we're done with the old,_
_So these nights are gone!_
One of the Romance version in Russian:
[Нани Брегвадзе - Дорогой длинною | Nani Bregvadze - Dorogoy Dlinnoyu](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzXOg6iBl4U)
Its Paul McCartney's 1968 version for Mary Hopkin, based on its 1962 version named as Those Were the Days by Eugene (Gene) Ruskin:
[Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days - 1968](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3KEhWTnWvE) (this version's lyrics passes a bit of original's spirit, but essentially has completely different text)
\* It's a [pionerka](https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Мотодрезина) (literally: a pioneer girl), a [narrow-gauge railway](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrow-gauge_railway) motor [draisine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draisine).
Light motorized draisines TD-5 (for standard railways) and TD-5U Pionerka (for narrow-gauge railways) were industrially mass-produced in the USSR in the 1950s. Their spread led to the fact the name Pionerka became a common name for various home-made devices of that kind, also called 'crazy stool'.
Self-made pionerkas were often used by local residents as personal transport in areas with narrow-gauge railways.
Couldn't find the specific version, but its "dorogoi dlinnoyu"
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Feels very Minecraft
I was truly shocked how far down I had to scroll to find this comment. This video was *pure* Minecraft.
I honestly found this pretty cool. The old dude definitely knows how to make thing work. He's probably an excellent engineer or mechanic.
Is the dog driving?
He was the only one that was ~~sober~~ not shitfaced.
Why are you surprised?
So in the case of an on coming train, what is the exit strategy?
I assume they wouldn’t be doing that if there was any chance of an oncoming train. It’s probably abandoned Soviet era tracks
Either that or the video ends with they screaming *"Cyka Blyat!"*
The tracks don't look that abandoned, in particular all the brush is cleared for a good distance away from the tracks.
It's probably a logging railroad or something else that does not see too much traffic.
The railway goes directly to his shed so maybe it is abandoned and they keep it maintained and use it to get around
If you look closely you see behind his tanker shed there is an actual train shed with multiple tracks. These will be connected with switches to the main line, it's not like this entire track just end at his little shed.
So we don't even know if the tracks end at this train shed or if it's just off the line somewhere. That said, despite it looking dilapidated the tracks leading into it are again in reasonable condition. Might still be in use for stableing or making repairs.
Pure speculation on my part now but my guess is this guy used to work for the railroad in his younger years or was closely associated with the people that did (e.g. as a logger).
Could it be an old train depot turned into a train hobbyists business where everyone rents a storage shed and they keep their trains on site? Train people get super serious
Can't say it's not, but the vibe of this seems off to me for that.
maybe in russia you can stop coming train. 🤷
In Russia the train can't stop coming you :)
Probably abandoned mining/foresting/factory track, not for passenger trains
I agree with this, the gauge looks smaller than that used for normal passenger or cargo trains.
Stop, get off, push off tracks. But only if they are bigger than you are.
The width of the track looks kind of narrow for mining carts. I'm not expert on russian train, but in usa it's too small for normal size train.
This guy bogey exchanges
Bail and forget your cool little railcar ever existed.
I think the only trains driving there are as small as his since the track width isn’t big enough for normal trains. My guess is that these were/are used for transporting something from the woods without having to build these bigger railways. Most likely turf or lumber.
Probably a private track.
“What’s an exit strategy?”
Jump to the left or right, whatever is closest.
Only thing that could’ve made this more Russian is if they had a bear instead of that dog.
Don't forget vodka and guns
And more swearing
Nah, that’s American shit
Судя по коментам, реддит не в курсе существования подобных дорог и подобной техники. А это обычная пионерка и ужд где-то на севере России (Карелия, Коми, Арх.область,)
Странно, что они трезвые едут )
Technically, we don't know that they are sober, the camera cuts the part where they get on board. ;)
Technically.... they usually drink ON board )
It's metro exodus, budget edition.
Everyone is issued one railway, one friend and a dog.
Why does this look like it should be In a Wes Anderson movie
I know a guy in Connecticut with his own train tracks. It’s several miles long, has a bunch of recreated features of real life tracks, and you can ride along and listen to him spew train facts while looking at amazing scenery from up on the hills. There’s even several tunnels, bridges, etc. 10/10, would ride again.
Na na, Dog get front seat.
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Pretty nifty mode of travel in the apocalypse.
Railway maintenance crews would have a tollbooth that would knock "train robbery" back down to the same peg as "highway robbery"
... if you're lucky.
Thats kind of cool. I wish I had that too
How does the return trip work? There's windscreen on only one side.
There's like 4 guys, pick it up and turn it around.
Probably there's a loop on the other side
This is what capitalists don't want you to have
This gives me Studio Ghibli vibes.
I wish I had a railway, looks like fun.
Get in Artyom!
Clearly this guy designed El Chapo’s escape tunnel
Whats keeping the forest from growing onto the tracks?
The person cutting it down
Best thing I've seen all day. Just purely enjoying life. Now I can go to bed in peace
It’s like having your own car, but it can only travel on a predetermined path to a single destination.
What is the song name?
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Last time this was posted a long time ago I asked around for the song name but nobody couldn't find it. And here it is :)
best rail speeder video yet because puppeh
You know it's safe when the dogs driving 😊
Excuse me that’s cool as fuck
That dog is well-trained.
They're going to the zone
Metro: Last Light
But how does he turn around?
That is sick
This looks bloody delightful
Ok that is fucking awesome.
In soviet russia, dog drive you
Elon's hyperloop is looking good!
This gives me some Tarkovsky Stalker vibes
[Meditation by Edward Artimiev intensifies]
Sooo what happens when another car is coming towards you?
And you even have a doggo driver.
Okay it went from looking super janky to pretty awesome, kind of jealous actually haha
New metro game looks sick af
That fucking dog man
Я отвечаю этот дед выглядит как Батька!
It feels like this is a wholesome week for r/anormaldayinrussia
That's one heck of an aerodynamic design
I’m surprised the dog isn’t more scared
I love this
Whats the song name?
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But does it have a loop?
Wow. This is awesome.
Real life grandpa pig
Beautiful morning for a drive comrade
People do this just about anywhere with abondoned rails. My favs are in the us deserts with amazing vastness and emptiness
The fucking Toyota logo!