Blood on the tracks?

photograph from Engineering News

Came upon this amazing railway velocipede at pasta and vinegar.

According to the description given in Engineering News of February, 1895:

The wheels have rubber bands 3 ins. wide and 3-16 in. thick on the tread, which make the machine run easily without jar, and also without noise, so that the rider can catch the sound of approaching trains.

Something of a key feature, one feels.

And here, from Montreal’s McCord Museum of Canadian History, is another, rather more sturdy-looking, example.


Written by Dave Lovely

February 27, 2006 at 11:20 pm

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  1. Dave,
    Fascinating, as usual. Keep it up!!

    Barry Richards

    March 19, 2006 at 9:43 pm

  2. Thank you, Barry! One keeps pedalling away, hoping always of course to catch the sound of those oncoming trains…


    March 20, 2006 at 8:16 pm

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