D.I.Y. Trains

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  1. I think we’ve found the solution for Amtrak.

  2. I thought you were going to get that server fixed once I subscribed?

  3. I know why they won’t give up the slow server! It’s the one Spock built out of stone knives and bearskins back in the 1930s. Reason keeps it out of sentiment.

    Hey, that’s the best explanation that I can come up with.

  4. They have created their own rail service using little more than pieces of bamboo. The locals call the vehicles “noris”

    Another testament to the sheer awesomeness that is Chuck Norris.

  5. Egads! No safety features, no driver training, no licenses? Why DO the Cambodians hate children so much? 😉

    Jake
    (who says more power to em!!!)

  6. “Another testament to the sheer awesomeness that is Chuck Norris.”

    Did you know Chuck Norris once single-handedly towed a line of 500 coal cars from Wyoming to his home in LA so that he could hold a BBQ for all of his friends?

  7. I wonder if these railroads allow pandas.

  8. Sweet, I wonder if BNSF would mind if I built a motorcycle that ran on rails so I could avoid speeding tickets and DWIs. I live quite near the tracks…

  9. Sweet, I wonder if BNSF would mind if I built a motorcycle that ran on rails so I could avoid speeding tickets and DWIs.

    There’s an interesting thought. You would still technically be DWI, but it would be difficult to harm anyone but yourself–it’s not like you could swerve into traffic and kill someone. Plus, it would really spice up some engineer’s evening.

  10. When I was in Phnom Penh, I witnessed a family of 5 sharing a little motor scooter. Husband, wife, and 3 little ones.

  11. When I was in Phnom Penh, I witnessed a family of 5 sharing a little motor scooter. Husband, wife, and 3 little ones.

    And I’ll bet none of them had helmets on.

    Oh, the humanity!! 🙂

  12. There’s an interesting thought. You would still technically be DWI, but it would be difficult to harm anyone but yourself–it’s not like you could swerve into traffic and kill someone. Plus, it would really spice up some engineer’s evening.

    Even if it’s safe, it is still sinful.

  13. The moral of this story is if we had a couple of pieces of bamboo we could run rings around the server squirrel.

  14. Actually, motorcycles (OK, motorcycle-engined carts – called “beshenaya taburetka”) that run on rails are not unusual in the Russian northwest where you find a network of abandoned narrow gage lines. Heck, if you trust newspapers, those people even spontaneously developed a signal system.

  15. Every time Chuck Norris posts to Hit and Run, his comment goes through on the first try.

    (And never more than once.)

  16. If only I knew of this when I visited Cambodia. It would have been a wonderful experience. Now… what do they serve on the dinner train?

  17. I don’t believe in Chuck Norris.

  18. Drat! I thought that this was D.I.Y. Trannies!

  19. I’ve read about these trains before. The BBC article doesn’t mention it, but undoing the Khmer Rouge’s work did not simply involve clearing the tracks, but also clearing the land mines placed along/around the tracks. Not just an ingenious effort, but a downright brave one.

    Anon

  20. I wonder if they ever have problems with guys in black bamboo tophats and twirly bamboo mustaches who tie bamboo damsels to the bamboo tracks because they can’t pay the mortgages on their bamboo houses…

  21. Stevo, don’t underestimate the power of the bamboo. Professor Roy Hinkley was able to build a generator entirely of bamboo, after all.

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