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Illegal visitors to Chernobyl entered exclusion zone on a homemade train

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12 Nov 2018

The police found a group of illegal tourists in the Chernobyl zone, who arrived there on a homemade railcar .

All violators are from Kyiv, aged 23 to 38 years. It is worth noting that these persons illegally visited the Chernobyl NPP zone not for the first time.

It was in relation to these “tourists” that a few days ago the police drew up administrative materials for violation of the radiation regime.

So, while patrolling the exclusion zone, the policemen of the Vyshgorod District Police Department found 5 people near the State Specialized Enterprise “ChNPP” who had illegally entered the forbidden territory.

This time, the young moved along the railway tracks on a makeshift railcar.

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Baxenden Bank

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23 Oct 2013
In Liberia, the local population have a similar arrangement to transport their goods to market etc. Following re-activation of the railway (for occasional & slow moving trains), the train and the 'make-a-rail' trolley would meet. The train would stop and wait whilst the trolley and it's contents were lifted out of the way.


Adapted from a CNN story - People wait beside the track that disappears into the forest. “After a few hours”, the rails begin to vibrate with the sound of an oncoming train. The Liberian Express is known locally as "Make-A-Rail." The wooden frame, with the tracks visible through the floor, is pushed by two “operators”, helped by passengers. One explains: If people in the village get sick, we can put them in and quickly take them to hospital." On down grades, the pushers jump on board. The journey from Bong Mines at the end of the line to Liberia's capital Monrovia can take up to 36 hours. That’s 12 times longer than the journey by motor vehicle on the road - but it costs half the price. Also, the line serves villages that have little if any access by road. "Make-A-Rail" started in the 1990s during Liberia's 14-year civil war.
Photo Credit: Unknown, from a report of a UN visit in 2010.

The photo is taken from a train on the Bong Railway in Liberia. It shows a makeshift trolley with small rail wheels and a crude wooden chassis and superstructure, pushed to one side whilst the train passes.

The photo is not the same occasion as the preceding news article.
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24 Jan 2009
Andrei Tarkovksy’s 1979 film Stalker, itself an adaptation of the novel Roadside Picnic, features a rather unsettling premonition of a vast abandoned zone of exclusion, where nature has rapidly taken over. Three people enter the zone illegally, evading guards - a professional “stalker” (guide), a scientist and a poet - then using a small motorised draisine to get deeper into the zone.

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