Car On The Railway Tracks

Many of us park our cars at the railway station and then catch the local train to work or wherever it is that we have to go. Building on this theory is the Paracité, a single person commuter car that plans on putting the car itself on the rail tracks. Generally there is a 5 miles free space between two trains on a regular railway track. This free space and time can be utilized by these commuter cars to get people going on to their destinations. Essentially just hop into Paracité and drive up to the station and skip the train and wait for your turn; use the tracks till your destination and then drive off in it for the remainder of the journey. Sounds like a neat idea but could become a logistical nightmare for the stationmaster to handle trains and cars!

In case you missed it, the car has a retractable arm that acts as a balance on the railway lines and covers the distance between the tracks. Its tucks away neatly to the side when on the road.

Designer: Matthias Pugin


Paracité Personal Transport Vehicle by Matthias Pugin



  • Silenzo says:

    nice concept!

  • TimEdgeler says:

    Love the idea! If only…

  • M.S.W. says:

    The YD poster definitely has a point on this being a “logistical nightmare for the station master.”
    On a dedicated track this would work better.

    If that where to happen the design would still need to be modified to compensate for cross winds.

    Which could be resolved by making main wheels as well as the “balance” arm have a clamping mechanism (similar to the type used on roller coasters ) to keep the car(s) on the tracks.

  • JerryCies says:

    Give an idiot a CAD program and this is what you get!

  • Roberto says:

    Is it powered by Skittles and unicorns?

  • Norman Hines says:

    5 miles between trains? Hello! Commuter train wrecks in California and New York within the last 2 or 3 months! Unsafe!

    And who’s the marketing idiot naming the thing? Parasite? Like the Volkswagon Piss-Ant? Or south of the border, the Chevy No-Va? Why not rename the Citron the Lemon? Why not name a car “The All New 2010 Klunker!” (with an umlaut over the U).

    Ask your doctor if Prius is right for you.

  • Joe says:

    I wonder who would win in a collision with a locomotive?

  • Pugin says:

    You are completly right about these points. But this was only a concept. I am completly aware of the problems. And there are a lot of them. But on the railways in switzerland there is actually up to 5 miles space between two trains. And when you take a look at the crowded highways, it seems like a waste of space. So i came up with this idea. And I know it is totally utopian. But in my opinion it would still be fun…
    And about the name. Its actually paracité not paracite. Paracite because it runs on a existing infrastructure. Para cité (between cities) because it is a commuter vehicle…
    And btw, I think the locomotive would win.

  • Oiao says:

    Great artist concept – Fools idea in practice.

  • what'sTHEpoint says:

    Sooooooo… ummmm… cars can go anywhere. What's the point of also putting them on railroad tracks? I don't get it. Teh railroad tracks go LESS places than the roads do…duh.

  • what'sTHEpoint says:

    Sooooooo… ummmm… cars can go anywhere. What’s the point of also putting them on railroad tracks? I don’t get it. Teh railroad tracks go LESS places than the roads do…duh.

  • James McEnanly says:

    Everyone of these travel pod concepts seems to be designed to be used only indoors. There is no provision for protection from heat, cold or inclement weather, and there is no way to clean the window while moving. It is more like a prop from Logan’s Run than something that someone would voluntarily get into.
    There is also no room to carry anything more than the passenger himself. No room for a gym bag, a briefcase or groceries. The thing is nothing more than a transparent coffin.

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