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YouTuber Builds Rail Go-Kart to Explore Century-Old Abandoned Train Bridge

YouTuber Builds Rail Go-Kart to Explore Century-Old Abandoned Train Bridge photo
YouTuber Builds Rail Go-Kart to Explore Century-Old Abandoned Train Bridge photo

There’s nothing like taking a couple of folding chairs and a pallet and creating a railroad go-kart, then piloting it on an abandoned rail line and setting off toward a goal. At least, that’s how Preston Summerrow feels about it. Recently, the video creator published his second attempt at reaching a century-old bridge in his little-kart-that-could; the first ended in frustration with a broken wheel.

Summerrow, who runs a channel called Prestongoes, calls himself a “wannabe engineer.” While he started his YouTube career as a travel vlogger, in the past year he has dedicated his videos to building odd things like a homemade jetpack and this purpose-built railroad go-kart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stsGKb_KMmM

The YouTuber is really into old bridges, and he was particularly interested in getting to the Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge on the south side of the Anza-Borrego Desert in California. One of the largest freestanding wooden trestles in the world at 200 feet tall and 750 feet wide, this bridge is inaccessible unless you’re willing to take on a six-mile round-trip hike with a steep climb out of the canyon. Or, if you’re Prestongoes, a custom rail kart.