Jump to content
Forums Gone... but not forgotten!

Tired of these Ads? Register Today!

  • Welcome to Forever Pontiac

    Welcome to Forever Pontiac, full of great ideas for Pontiac performance, maintenance, or for peer-to-peer assistance from Professional and DIY mechanics. Also, compete in our Pontiac monthly competitions. Please register if you'd like to take part.

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Ringo64

RSS This converted pickup explored 6,000 miles of abandoned Mexican railways

Recommended Posts

Filed under: Truck, Etc., Videos

Seft1-railroad-truck.jpg

There has always been something singularly romantic about train travel, what with its steady speed and constant sound. Mexican artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene felt the pull of the rails, but since Mexico privatized its railways in 1995, passenger travel has essentially disappeared. They didn't let that discourage them, though. Instead, they pushed ahead to create their own way to explore the country's roughly 6,000 miles of abandoned tracks.

Part art project, part oral history and part adventure, they created the SEFT-1 (pictured above), which stands for Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe. Granted, they probably could have used just about any vehicle sturdy enough to take the offroad terrain, but the two of them took the idea much further. Starting with a pickup truck, they fabricated a retrofuturist body out of aluminum and a custom interior. The retractable wheels kept it on the tracks when they were still there. The complete design looks like Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car as rendered by Budget Flash Gordon.

Along the way, they captured their adventure in pictures, video and audio recordings to post on their website (in Spanish) and visited schools to show of the SEFT-1 and share what they had learned. Scroll down to watch a video describing their adventures.

Continue reading This converted pickup explored 6,000 miles of abandoned Mexican railways

This converted pickup explored 6,000 miles of abandoned Mexican railways originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments
autoblog?i=JGRS9OhTGDU:gw3mEd1kd04:wF9xT autoblog?i=JGRS9OhTGDU:gw3mEd1kd04:V_sGL
JGRS9OhTGDU

/>http://feeds.autoblog.com/~r/weblogsinc/autoblog/~3/JGRS9OhTGDU/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tired of these Ads? Register Today!


Tired of these Ads? Purchase Enhanced Membership today to remove them!
×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.