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Smart Forrail: A New Form of Long-Distance Travel

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/6/2015 Megan Stewart

When you think of a Smart car, chances are you don't think of trains. The new Euro-spec Forfour, while larger than the Fortwo, is still reliant on actual roads to get you from point A to B. But the team at Smart has come up with a solution that merges its latest model and traveling by train: the Smart Forrail.

Smart Forrail: A New Form of Long-Distance Travel Smart Forrail Front Three Quarter 02© Provided by MotorTrend Smart Forrail Front Three Quarter 02

It may look like a modified version of the Forfour, but it's actually a fully-certified mini-train. Thanks to the Tridion safety cell, the mini-train is able to support itself on the 22-inch solid steel wheels that weigh roughly 176 pounds each. Smart and Interfleet, a British train engineering firm, worked for six months to turn this project into a reality, surpassing safety standards along the way.

The team in charge of creating the Smart Forrail normally works on 70-ton diesel trains, and had to think outside the box to make this project a success. The team disconnected the steering rack and welded aluminum supports between the axles to lock them into position. On the train tracks, the Forrail managed to travel on a 10-mile stretch of railway on the Bluebell Railway under close supervision.

The brief combination of a road-going vehicle and train travel offered up an experience for a few lucky passengers. Locomotive enthusiasts present for a model railway exhibition got the chance to see something truly unique.

Source: Smart

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