Railway Moonbuggy

2nd December 2008

Railway Moonbuggy

The Moonbuggy in action - photo Moonbuggy.com

An intriguing new trolley/road-rail machine has been developed by Smith Engineering.

This is the Moonbuggy All Terrain Railway Vehicle (ATRV).

The Moonbuggy ATRV with its six wheel drive and high manoeuvrability can be used to access areas inaccessible to standard vehicles. Designed to cross rough terrain and able to mount tracks at any point, not just at a level crossing. The ATRV makes an ideal incident response vehicle able to transport up to 5 personnel with equipment when fitted with side seats.

More information can be found on the Moonbuggy website.

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  • David French

    David French

    Hmm, it ain't very quick on the rails - only 4 mph! Not exactly a rapid response vehicle.

  • ian saunders

    ian saunders

    is it april 1st?

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    The images show the vehicle on Private Infrastructure, which would appear to be Workington Docks. Its a good concept, but needs further development for any potential use as a Rapid Response Unit!!

  • RRV Cowboy

    RRV Cowboy

    absolute joke if you ask me

  • Vince /// ontrackplant.com avatar

    Vince /// ontrackplant.com Website editor

    Some of the comments here are rather immature. It's always interesting to see new and innovative vehicles, however "different" they may seem.

    Some raise valid points, ie the 4mph and rapidness of the vehicle - hopefully it will get developed further though.. :)

  • David French

    David French

    It will also be joining a competive market. It'll be up against the long-established John Deere Gator buggy and the recently introduced Aquarius Rail Mule and Harsco Kubota RRV.

  • ian saunders

    ian saunders

    The comment under my name above was not actually written by me. I think it is an interesting and inovative little machine which with some more development which will obviousley come in time could actually find a use on the rail network. dont give up with the concept

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    A visit to the manufacturer on 13/7/2010 found that this vehicle has been dismantled due to lack of interest, however, the rail equipment is retained should any future orders be recieved.