The ‘roll’ of technology on the ‘rail’ of history…M-BLEM the carriage with no PRO-BLEM

While the AND festival was in progress, Helko Hansen and Helen Evans from HEHE beckoned people to take a ride on their independent vehicle, the ‘M-BLEM’ which is a two-seater carriage rolling its way on the historic track between Liverpool and Manchester which is supposed to be the world’s first recognisably modern intercity railway. This very track on which the M-BLEM is to run was laid way back in 1830. 

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The experience is one to remember. The journey starts at Manchester at the station building where the ticketing is done. Thenceforth, the 2 passengers to be are escorted upstairs to the track. In reaching the platform, just before getting on the carriage, shoes are to be removed and then you can expect yourself to be hopping onto the carpeted carriage with childish glee. Why so? It’s because the experience is raw and unconventional. You’re seated reasonably low, very close to the ground and there’s not an obstruction between you and the landscape. All in all, it’s a juvenile treat.

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The inspiration of the project is ARAMIS which is a research project for the development of a network of on-demand, non-stop automated cars which were supposed to carry people on rails around Paris. Unfortunately, the ARAMIS cars were an utter failure. The M-BLEM wishes to capture the same romance with around the city, recreational transportation, with a dash of modernity. All you have to do is to just hop onto the M-BLEM with your feet appreciating the soft carpet, press that red button and off you go onto a ‘eclectic’ ride comprising of history, modern technology and the romance of the Victorian ages. Relive the romance in a contemporary fashion. Bon Voyage!
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