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Unusual Railroad Pictures Gallery

Welcome to Unsual RR Pictures Gallery. You will find all kinds of unexpected railroad related pictures here and if you wish why not send one of yours to us and enjoy it with thousands of other people!


List of unusual RR pictures:

  #7: A Pub on Steel Wheels: Spårakoff Tram, Helsinki, Finland... 
  #6: A Hot Rod tram of Helsinki, Finland... 
  #5: Gigantic Rail Crane at the Volgograd Dam... 

  #4: Railroad Sized Vacuum Cleaner, Sweden... 
  #3: A Snowfighting VW of Zurich, Switzerland... 
  #2: A Tram Pickup of Riga, Latvia... 
  #1: Robot on Rails, Switzerland... 

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Spårakoff, Helsinki, Finland



Winter in Sumpter Valley, U.S.A.

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 Unusual Pictures #7: A Spårakoff Pub Tram in Helsinki, Finland
Spårakoff, Helsinki,Finland
A pub in tram? Spårakoff has been running the streets of Helsinki Finland for almost 10 years. The pub is built in the old generation Helsinki tram painted red. Inside you can find a pub with heavy duty air conditioning and even a small bathroom. Spårakoff runs daily in the summer period on the streets of Helsinki and seems to operate well in between the more normal trams on their routes.

Koff / Sinebrykoff is a major brewery in the Southern Finland. The Finnish text on the Spårakoff says: "The first always tastes best". In the background the hot rod tram of Helsinki is seen waiting for the Spårakoff to clear out of the way. The Spårakoff is operated by HKL, who probabaly owns the tram too and it runs in the summers for the customer Sinebrykoff.

Picture by John McKey. 
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 Unusual Pictures #6: Hot Rod Tram in Helsinki, Finland
Hor Rod tram in Helsinki Finland
Stanislav managed to capture to digital film some of the most usual trams we have seen! Above the Hot rod tram in the heart of the city Helsinki is advertising retail food chain with it's bright livery. Below another tram has been converted to culture tram, where different shows and happenings take place during the normal commuting.

City of Helsinki has about 15 of these unusual advertisement trams alongside it's fleet of more common high and low floored trams. The addtrams were acquired as used from Germany and some have been running now for 5 years. Every year some appear to add to the much needed capacity.

Pictures by Stanislav Voronin. 
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Hor Rod tram in Helsinki Finland
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 Unusual Pictures #5: Gigantic rail vehicle in Volgograd
A gigantic crane on the dam in Volgograd, Russia
Talk about a wide loading gauge! Stanislav Voronin captured this gigantic rail vehicle at the Volgograd dam, where it is being used to open and close the dam gates.

Pictures by Stanislav Voronin. 


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 Unusual Pictures #4: A Railroad Vacuum Cleaner
Railvacuum cleaner by Saalasti in Sweden
Gerry Putz found this truly railroad sized vacuuming unit on his trip to Sweden. The unit was built by a Finnish engineering company Saalasti in 2004. According to manufacturer the unit is used for  sucking in the ballast for cleaning and dumping back on line after being cleaned. The manufacturer of the vacuuming machinery itselt is Disab of Sweden. The unit can actually perform several tasks by sucking up any material to create a hollow for instance to add a culvert into the track bed and replacing the ballast after the operation is done.
   
There is also a long discussion on this machines ability to filter iron pellets from the gravel at trainorders.com. Have a look at the discussion!
   
Picture by Gerard J. Putz.  


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Railvacuum cleaner by Saalasti in Sweden
Railvacuum cleaner by Saalasti in Sweden
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 Unusual Pictures #3: A Volkswagen to Fight Snow, Zurich, Switzerland  
Swiss snow fighting VW!
Who says the snow fighting should be dull? And with the Volkswagen came probably even the radio, otherwise only found on the newest locomotives... September is the month to get the snow fighting equipment back in shape. And for 4rail.net it is time to start the half yearly snow fighting gallery :) . 
   
Picture: Ilkka Siissalo.  
 


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 Unusual Pictures #2: A Tram Pickup from Riga, Latvia
Pickup tram, Riga, latvia
We all know pickups on rubber wheels, but this is what happens with limited resources and lots of imagination! Stanislav Voronin spotted this wonderful pickup on tram rails while travelling in Riga Latvia.
   
Pictures: Stanislav Voronin.  
 


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 Unusual Pictures #1: Robots on Rails, Basel, Switzerland
A robomotive from Basel, Switzerland

Robots on the Railroads?
This DR-10000 locomotive has eyes and ears for its surroundings while its working remotely controlled in Basel for the Cica company. While remote control is not actually excotic, you hardly find it in this size category!

Below you will more pictures of this loco and soon of others as well.

Pictures: Ilkka Siissalo.  

 


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A robomotive from Basel, Switzerland
A robomotive from Basel, Switzerland
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