Introduction: Railroad Train Smashes Shopping Cart Creating a Sweet Lowboy Dolly

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Some tweaker near here likes to leave shopping carts on the railroad tracks.
Trains smash them which does them no good. Usually.
Today however I found one which the train managed to actually improve,
by making it into a tasty little lowboy dolly.
picture: Will Bosworth savors the joy of this wagon's utter smoothness.

Step 1: Wreckage

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Someone likes to leave shopping carts on the train tracks here.
Here's the remains of the basket part of one such cart.

Step 2: Skeleton

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The rest of the cart looks like this.

Step 3: Cut Off the Front Bracket.

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Use a bodygrinder to cut through the welds holding the front bracket on.

Step 4: I'd Hammer in the Morning

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I missed some weld, so I beat on it with a hammer til it came off.
Then grind off the sharp stubby welds with the bodygrinder.

Step 5: Gentlemen, Behold!

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I have created this... THING!

Commence using the power of the wheel to ease your labors.

Step 6: Life Just Keeps Getting Better

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I passed some nice lumber from discarded theatrical sets.
So I got the dolly, stuck my bike's front wheel on the platform of the dolly and rode back tthat way. It didn't work very well but was fun.

There I loaded up the wood, tied it on with an innertube, and threw my bike on top. I pushed it back by foot.
I could have carried twice as much. If it were further I'd have rigged a tongue and dragged it with the bike.

Now I think I'll make some shelves.


ilpug (author)2011-07-24

now people across the country will be putting shopping cart in front of trains.... nah, just kidding. this is a great project.

An Villain (author)2010-06-14
tetleyex (author)2006-06-23

But, surely, the supermarkets themselves (presumably thats where the trolleys would come from) are immoral as they put thousands of smaller shops out of business every year, costing the owners their liveleyhoods and their income, ontop of this many exploit their staff with low pay... But, meh, thats nothing to do with this... What a way to make something trivial kinda serious eh? :P And I'm just curious, did you pack all your belongings into those bags especially for that top photo? :P


BLOODY COMMUNIST! capitolism's the only economic poilcy that works; look what happened to soviet russia! east germany's a huge ghost town now because of communism, and you want to bring it back?

how does capitolism work?
america the biggest captolist society on earth, with a huge unemployment percentage(so the size of the population doesn't matter)
compare that to the unemployment in north korea, the people's republic of china or even the USSR.
I totally agree east Germany has become a ghost town but that's not due to communism. Before the fall of the Berlin wall East Germany was prosperous enough, after the fall of the berlin wall it was up to the democratic system to re-construct the regoin but made a f***-up of it, as per usual =P

capitolism works by selling time and effort, in exchange for money, which you can then spend on goods and services. As opposed to communism, where everyone's equal, from the doctor to the guy who sweeps up outside your house, there's no incentive to work. I think that people should be able to do what they want to do with the money they earned with their hard work, instead of have it taken from them by a government that's imposed ridiculously high taxes to support peasants. East germany is empty now not due to communism, but due to the fall of the noticably communist soviet bloc. For tiny, as-yet undiscovered villages in the rainforest, communism's a fine economic proposal, but it's economic suicide for any nation. Finally, about your communist states You mean the dissolved USSR, totalitarian north korea and China, which is now implementing economic reforms?

The USSR dissolved as a result of war, like British controlled America, or the German monarchy. Those regimes failed through force. And of course there's incentive to work, that being better work conditions. Do you think a doctor is as comfortable job as a road sweeper? With the change of regime it was up to the new democratic system in Germany to re-structure it, but it was never done, at least never done well. "government that's imposed ridiculously high taxes to support peasants." What's that suppose to mean? Peasants being usual working class people. In Britain the richest 5% own 25% of all wealth, and the working class own 5% while we make up 45% of the population. And economic reforms mean nothing, countries' stances and policies change all the time.

I totally agree with you. Capitalism is a system under which men exploit men, capitalists dont even help themselves, the main point of it is "get the most for yourself". And i live in a capitalistic country and i work for a change. Im Mexican and i hate my people fleeing to US because capitalism tells them to have an american dream. It may be different to Irish, but you got the point

neigh I say. to the both you (though capitalism is quite a bit better than communism) libertarianism beats it all

Right On!!!!!!!! DrThousand

More accurately I would call myself an extremist libertarian

Hey KSCAF fight capitalism and donate your laptop to the government then..........

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nabzaf (author)2009-06-28

ok i use to do this all the time i had many of the cart like this they are great cause they have many uses. Move'n furniture by your self. put your grill on. Tv stand so you can watch the game out side and my fav is cart race'n strap a lawnchair on it and go.

SureShot (author)2009-03-30

Nice save:-)

Amusedmonkey (author)2009-02-05

Nice Instructable, shame that the carts that get crushed around where I live don't have the plastic body; though my friend did manage to make a sweet lawn chair out of one such cart.

ClaireW01 (author)2009-01-28

A perfect garden dolly, unloading the car of a ton of stuff, loading the car with a ton of stuff. It's a beauty!

firestormcomputers (author)2008-07-31

is that guy selling or buying drugs because one of his pant legs are up

Yes, he deals drugs, and it's just coincidence that his drive-side pant leg is up.

The Mollusk (author)2008-07-12

(sung to the tune of "this land is our land") This land is my land, it isn't your land, I got a shotgun, And you ain't got one. If you don't get out, I'll blow your brains out, This land was made just for me. lol fun song, careful where you sing it though...

snipegoat (author)2008-01-15

are you kidding me and my friends got some shopping carts (W/O plastic thing) at an ACE HARDWARE STORE for like $2 each, we got like 20 of em

prionix (author)2006-06-23

Anybody know of any good (and legal) sources for shopping carts?

camp6ell (author)prionix2007-11-11

the bottom of any canal in any town in the western world.

masterochicken (author)2007-08-12

it's oblivion actually, which is pretty fun

I know but I couldn't think of the name for it at the time.

icanryme2002 (author)2006-12-30

the IRA laid down arms last october

Legend (author)icanryme20022007-01-02

You missed my point. The IRA were complaining about it. I quote "what about the land stolen by the british from the Irish,I don't see anyone complaining about that!!" What do you think the violence in Ireland is all about?

masterochicken (author)Legend2007-08-12

drunks having fun

I'm sorry. That's wrong and nothing but a stereotype. please forgive me.

aye the PIRA did but thers numerous other dissident republican groups that don't acknowledge the Good Friday Agreement. By the way, 55% of the arms the PIRA had were stolen from arms dumps around the country before decommssioning occured, by the Real IRA. ps. there was a bomb laid on the train tracks by the continuty IRA noyt even a month ago.

The Provisional IRA decommssioned some of their arms. 55% of it was stolen by the Real IRA and other dissident republican groups. The Continuty IRA, Real IRA, Irish National Liberation Army, Soar Eire, Direct Action Against Drugs, and numerous other splinter groups are still active. The CIRA laid a bomb on the train tracks around the corner from me no more than a month ago.

HEY!! what about the land stolen by the british from the Irish,I don't see anyone complaining about that!!

screw the british

Wetwillie1800 (author)2007-08-10

Don't you hate it when people turn a comments into a chatroom?

navtal (author)2007-07-21

The obvious not so obvious approach to inventing. Good idea!

nittywitty (author)2006-07-19

I was hoping for something more innovative ... all you did was chop the basket off :(

navtal (author)nittywitty2007-07-21

Bah, hot do you measure innovation. Some of the greatest inventions are "obvious".

dalton2021 (author)2006-08-28

tim anderson nobody cares about your logic shut up and its our land we killed the indians and the ones we didnt kill have little reservations to build casinos and stuff its our land and theirs is the little patch o heaven they have

Loveofchaos (author)dalton20212007-07-12

kinda like survival of the fittest aint it? take a lesson from the sharks, they keep the ocean balanced by weeding out with weaker and make the ocean a better place to live! (man that was fun saying that in my head lol)


cars are more dangerous Do you watch top gear? you see the episode where clarkson smashes a car with a train at a level crossing?

yeah it got smashed up really bad!! i couldnt believe the bit with the old man in the little red 3 wheeler, he drove straight into the tracks!!!

I once overheard this conversation: Q: "Remember Jimmy Larsen? How he used to derail trains?" A: He was a crazy messed up guy."

like you HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!(joke)

Dude i know u commented like a year ago but look what you've sparked | V

No, we continue to be discriminated against to this day. The police constantly drive aimlessly around catholic/republican estates (neighbourhoods) attempting to arrest catholic youths. I have been lifted for wearing a Glasgow Celtic shirt (which displays that im a catholic); becuz sum1 else during a riot 2 weeks ago was wearing one. Btw the continuity IRA, Irish National Liberation Army and Real IRA are still active as well as loyalist paramilitaries. What ignorant foreigners wud call the IRA is the provisional IRA AND I DARE YOU TO TELL A BLACK MAN TO GET OVER HIS HISTORICAL INJUSTICES! And if u lived here u wudnt says that the "civil war" as you put it was a myth. Those ppl who dies actually just live on a big farm and are reli happy. I'd like to see you say that to my face btw

rocotillo (author)2007-05-13

did the irish americans stop funding the ira terror after 9/11

trebuchet03 (author)2006-06-23

lowercase11111 woa there boyo... time to adjust the tinfoil hat ;) and yeah, not everyone is from n. America to steal land from 'indians' :p

photozz (author)trebuchet032007-01-10

we didn't steal it, we traded it for a turkey and the flu. but seriously, want to trade the cart for some beads?

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