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For many commuters, the train is the unquestioned king of convenient transport. However, one car might be about to change that.

A unique experiment from Smart, using a modified version of the new Smart ForFour, has its sights set firmly on the humble locomotive. Dubbed the Smart Forrail, it has taken on the ultimate commuting machine in a bid to prove that you can beat the traffic from the comfort of your own car.

On the surface, the Forrail features the same spacious interior and stylish exterior shell as the Smart ForFour, but that's where the similarities end. Each tyre has been replaced by huge, 22-inch solid steel wheels which weigh over 80kg each. And it's not just for show - the Forrail is actually a fully certified mini-train.

And despite what Rodger Moore's James Bond managed to achieve with his Mercedes 250SE, it's not as simple as removing the tyres and placing it on the track.

It took six months of clever CAD modelling and engineering work to convert the Smart ForFour in to a miniature train. The changes were carried out by train engineers Interfleet who usually work on 16-litre, 70-tonne diesel locomotives, and had to find an entirely new approach for the 999cc, one-tonne Smart.

Taking to the track at the privately operated Bluebell Railway, the Smart Forrail was a resounding success. The newest addition to Smart family completed its 10-mile trip through Sussex with ease - much to the bemusement of onlooking commuters.

Thanks to the strong, safe Tridion cell of the Smart ForFour, the experiment overcame challenging engineering obstacles and stuck to the track like glue. The Forrail combined the best of rail travel with the efficient and fun nature of the Smart to create the perfect commuter transport.

Shortly after, the Smart was converted back in to its road-going alter ego.  Not that that's an issue, as the Smart can drive from London to Aberdeen non-stop for as little as £39, and offers plenty of comfort for up to four occupants. For many drivers, it still is the ultimate commuting machine.

Watch our Smart ForFour Video Review here: