Homeless in Vancouver: Rare truck with train-ing wheels seen on West Broadway

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      “More than meets the eye” certainly describes the Canadian Pacific (CP) service truck that I saw Tuesday (November 5) morning breezing down West Broadway.

      This was actually one of CP Rail’s so-called Hi-rail track units—“Hi-rail’ being a contraction of “highway” and “railway".

      These honest-to-goodness transformers are capable, at the push of a button, of operating on both conventional roads and on railroads, thanks to hydraulically employable railroad wheels mounted ahead and behind the conventional road wheels.

      Not since I left Saskatchewan nearly four decades ago (criss-crossed as it was then by train tracks) have I seen one of these unique off-road vehicles.

      But, like I say, wait long enough and you will see everything on Broadway.