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15″ Gauge 5″ Scale Ride-on Speeder.

May 27, 2008

The Redwood Valley Railway has had some colorful rail vehicles grace our mainline, but this is the masterpiece of non-locomotive self-propulsion. This little speeder is a 5″ scale replica of a typical railroad speeder, used by track crews to “speed” out to a work site, or for a Section foreman to inspect his alocated portion of track on a railroad. Real speeders have been retired on many railroads due to their inflexibility, because they always have to be on the rails or stored in a special manner. Hy-Railer pickup trucks have replaced speeders on modern railroads across the country. This particular speeder is 100% scratchbuilt from various aluminium, steel, and special cast pieces. It is privately owned and only seen at our annual meets, usually held on the second weekend in June.

This speeder is powered by an improbably tiny gasoline engine.

All the controls are nearly identical to a real speeders array of levers. Check out the tiny muffler and rear marker light!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 5, 2008 3:35 pm

    Very well done!

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