Men Build Their Own Locomotive, Take It Out For A Spin

Six men in Germany built their own functional electric locomotive out of garden furniture and train parts and took it out on a nearby rail line at night. They've since been arrested:

The six-seater train - made out of garden furniture and salvaged train parts - was powered by an electric motor and even had its own refreshments car in the shape of a crate of beer.[...]

Police however had to call in a helicopter to find and follow the makeshift train as the police cars could not follow it along the tracks.

The helicopter pilot was able to radio ahead to other officers who set up a makeshift barrier at a station to stop it.

Link via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: Police News

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Yes, illegal, but not hurting anyone. Therefore a warning not to do it again would suffice. Speeding in a car isn't really a good analogy because this is a slow moving vehicle on a fixed track. It's not going to skid off the road at 100 mph and hurt someone. I know some might say "but IF a train came..." My dad always said "IF your aunt had balls she'd be your uncle."
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It doesn't matter if they knew the schedule, it's still illegal. That's like saying it was ok to be doing 100 in a 55 because there were no other cars on the road at the time.
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They knew that there was no train traffic scheduled on the tracks and the residents in the area also knew. Sounds like the situation warrants a good talking to and not an arrest.

I just wonder if the thing is light enough for the occupants to quickly lift it up and get it off the tracks if needed.
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