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Posted: August 16, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Start your engines

Brittany Thomas/

The roar of engines filled the silence at Georgia International Horse Park as nine rail buggies pulled into the grass for their close-up Saturday morning. What began as Ted Trammell’s lone project to build his own rail buggy in 2004 quickly turned into Georgia Rail, a club of twelve.

Georgia Rail usually rides between 50 to 100 miles during weekends when most members are free, but like to enjoy each other’s company with stops for food and cookouts as well. They’re currently gearing up for Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show and Swapmeet, their next big event, held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The group considers themselves family, and though most of them are related somehow, they gladly welcome anyone who is interested.

"Hopefully next year we’ll have 16 or 17 of us," Trammell said.

All 12 rail buggies were built by their owners and range in color, size and the amount of money spent on them. Some were built with as little as $3,000, whereas others cost up to $15,000.

"It’s just how deep your pockets are," Trammell explained.

Even if an interested person does not have a rail buggy, Georgia Rail is more than willing to help find the necessary body, engine and parts to begin the project. They also help with repairs and tune-ups. Georgia Rail invites anyone who is interested in learning more about the club to visit their Web site at Georgiarail.net.

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