Port Stanley Terminal Railroad Port Stanley, ON (Ontario, Canada). Photo taken 5/6/01.
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Oh, "le putt-putt" (French) aka Track Car or Speeder for the Section Gang that maintained their particular section of track.
It has lift handles, for the Gang to quickly lift it off the track, on meeting a train. Much of the Canadian main-line was just single-track, through the wilderness.
Usually, powered by a one-lunger, slow-turning gasoline engine through a belt-drive (hence "putt-putt"); this one has a cab, as a concession to the Canadian winter. On the open ones, the crew sat side-saddle.
In small boys' opinion; thought to be a great job, chugging along in the Speeder; and then pulling off to the side, to watch the great trains pass close by.