Speeders

They say the best camera you can have is the one you have with you. While antiquing on the Oregon coast over the weekend we ran into something we’ve never seen before – Railroad Motorcars, or speeders as they’re sometimes called. The only camera I had with me was the one on my phone, so here are some so-so pictures of some really cute rail cars.

A collection of railroad motorcars

A collection of railroad motorcars

These cute railcars are owned by individuals who get together for excursions on the rails. These were originally used to inspect the rails for defects. They replaced the hand pumped maintenance cars from years ago. Recently, they’ve been replaced by Hy-Rail vehicles, the pickup trucks you see running on the rails.

Even though they only reach a top speed of 30 mph, they were called speeders because they traveled so much faster than the hand pump cars that preceded them.

They're the perfect size for a Cavalier.

They’re the perfect size for a Cavalier.

Motorcar owners belong to clubs that obtain permission to use the rails for excursions that range from one day to over a week across the US and Canada. You can see a full list of excursions on the NARCOA web site.

A variety of speeders

A variety of speeders

The speeders were were big enough for a couple of people. Some were hard-sided while others had canvas around the back and sides.

One of the canvas ones

One of the canvas ones

I wonder if that dog fits inside

I wonder if that dog fits inside

This was a nice surprise encounter on an otherwise rainy day on the Oregon coast.

5 Responses to Speeders

  1. I have never heard of such a thing. Those are super cute!

  2. Very cool! Did that dog fit in there? Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  3. Never saw such cute motorcars! My husband would really get a kick out of them!