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    • January 8, 2015 5:48 PM EST
    • It appears to me to be a Teetor Railway cycle (Light inspection car) based on the above observations as well as the wheels (with bike spokes)


      I wished I had one and a railroad to ride it on.

    • December 26, 2014 12:54 PM EST
    • That shot looks like it was taken at Roaring Camp in Felton, California. I rob trains there on the Great Train Robbery weekends (4th of July and Labor Day). 

    • December 26, 2014 12:51 PM EST
      Nice photo.
        I second what Eric wrote  I bet that speeder was peddle powered.  It looks like the mans leg is lifted up at the knee like he is on a bike and he is holding handle bars.
      If it were gravity run what do they do when they need ot go up? Get off and push?   How many bosses would do that? 

    • December 24, 2014 1:34 PM EST
    • I think the guy in the middle "Dad?" was sitting on a seat with feet on peddles like a bicycle, Mom was hanging on to the back.  certainly there were peddle powered velocipedes and this looks like it could be one of those.


      here is a hand car with my sons doing the work, a smiling brakeman stands by with his foot hovering over the brake pedal!

      Two foot gauge hand car

    • December 24, 2014 12:47 PM EST
    • Thanks Bob. ;)

    • December 24, 2014 9:13 AM EST
    • Joe,

      It is my understanding that these types of cars were gravity propelled only.  In talking to a few old-timers, it seems that many of the logging companies had gravity cars like this that were hauled on a flatcar from the mill town at the bottom of the line up to the camps higher on the hills.  They referred to them as “speeders”.  They were used by the loggers to get down to town in a hurry, rather than walking down the hillside.  They were generally used for official business purposes only on Monday through Saturday, when the line was busy.  On Sundays, everybody was off for a day of rest so the line would not have any logging traffic and could have been open for “joy-riding”.. 

      This could have been some type of company sponsored recreation activity; or it could simply be one of the employees who lived at the camp with his family heading down to church on Sunday morning.  Based on the dress and the position of the camera, I would think that this photo was a staged event, possibly for some type of publicity campaign by the line for prospective employees.  I can’t find any additional data, so your guess is as good as mine.

    • December 24, 2014 8:56 AM EST
    • How is that handcar propelled? Is it just rolling down grade?

    • December 24, 2014 8:28 AM EST
    • Wow!  Great picture.

    • December 23, 2014 7:22 PM EST
    • David Maynard said:

      Cool, but I always question the safety factor when I see pictures like that.


      Steve, I thunked that I had e nuff education all ready.

      Fer you, we'll just call it larnin'.  

    • December 23, 2014 7:14 PM EST
    • Cool, but I always question the safety factor when I see pictures like that.


      Steve, I thunked that I had e nuff education all ready.

    • December 23, 2014 2:06 PM EST
    • One of the purposes of this forum is education.  Says so right here.

    • December 23, 2014 11:50 AM EST
    • Hey Bob, are we not 'educating' our fellow modelers when sharing here? (tongue firmly in cheek(

    • December 23, 2014 9:27 AM EST
    • Here is an interesting photo of a young family traveling on the railroad.  The caption is: "Joy-riding on a narrow-gauge railroad used for hauling logs to a sawmill in Randolph County, WV.”

      The photo was taken by John L. Thomas of Elkins,WV. 

      I found this photo while looking through the West Virginia State Archives web site at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

      I am continually amazed at the vast amount of historically pertinent modeling information that can be found by searching through old photo archives.  I encourage all of you to take a look at the photo resources that are available in numerous state archive and historical society collections.  Be aware that each collection will have its own instructions and constraints for using the photos.  Most are covered under a “fair-use” clause that allows reproduction for research and educations purposes, but some do require advance written permission before being displayed on a web page.

    • December 16, 2014 9:40 PM EST
    • Thanks Bob,

      keep them coming.

      Al P.

    • December 12, 2014 9:20 PM EST
    • With a family history like that it's a must for you to model.  

    • December 12, 2014 9:16 PM EST
    • Excellent picture!

    • December 11, 2014 11:38 PM EST
    • Graeme Price said:

      I have a confession to make I don't use napkins for my plans.

      I use beer coasters, because all my good ideas happen when I am at the pub.

      I don't count rivets either.

      Am I allowed to stay still?


      Yes but you MUST stay still...don't move, not till we tell you it's OK to move again.



    • December 11, 2014 11:30 PM EST
    • Roses are red

      Violets are blue

      In Soviet Russia

      Poem writes YOU

      Burma Shave

    • December 11, 2014 10:58 PM EST
    • Thanks, Rick.


      Better pic than any I took.

      I was hoping someone on here would come up with the pics of the actual signs, too.