Fairmont Speeder Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Published: 02-01-2011 photo #9845 0 comments 0 votes

Category:Other Stuff    Manufacturer:Other    Country:Canada    Year:2010 Contributor:Marcel Sloover

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A Fairmont Speeder on display at the Kettle Valley Steam Railway BC Canada.

A speeder (also known as railway motor car, putt-putt, track-maintenance car, crew car, jigger, trike, quad, trolley or inspection car, and also known as a draisine (although that can also be unpowered) in many other parts of the world) is a maintenance of way motorized vehicle formerly used on railroads around the world by track inspectors and work crews to move quickly to and from work sites.[1] Although it is slow compared to a train or car, it is called speeder because it is faster than a human-powered vehicle.

In the 1990s, speeders were replaced with trucks (usually pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles) using flanged wheels that could be lowered for on-rail, called road-rail vehicles.

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