Railroad Speeders

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  1. ysacres

    ysacres Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A local club went for a 80 mile ride last fall on a abandon track, Looks like fun.
     

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    Those remind me of the Galloping Goose
     
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    image.jpeg There are a few of them scattered around Colorado.
     
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    Up here we call them jiggers.
    Every now and then there would be an informal competition of who can get one to idle the slowest.
     
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    I've been to Ridgeway and Delores where the last ones remain
     
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    They have a working one at the RR museum in Golden, CO too. Maybe 3. (You could tour the Coors plant too)



    Sorry, not my video. :)
     
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    Looks like a great bit of fun!
     
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    I have never heard of those being privately owned. Do the owners have some track too?
     
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    ysacres Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The speeders are privately owned, but the tracks are still owned by the Railroad company's. They have to get permission and maybe pay a fee to run them around.
    Trying to find their club's website...
     
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    It was very interesting to watch the guys put them on the tracks, a electric ram drops down then they swivel the speeder around and lift the ram which drops the speeder on the tracks.
    Lots of speeders for sale on the internet, my friend told me that the wheels break and wear out and are getting expensive.
     
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    Most every railroad in the world has a yearly auction were they get rid of obsolete equipment.
    And quite often they will sell outright if they feel the price is good. Any person can buy anything from a worn out 25 ton engine to a pasanger car right up to railroad dishes and silver ware.
    There are a lot of cabins made from old rail road sleepers.
    A few years ago I bought a 5000 watt generator fully rebuilt with papers for $250 .

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    This is a Tecumseh HH120 iron block industrial generator 5000 watt. It looks awful because my shed clapsed on it fall time and I haven't had a chance to clean it up.
     
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    We have setup very much like yours here in N.W. Ohio.
    http://tlew.org/

    The Facebook link will give more info. I don't have or know much about Facebook so ----.
     
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    The wated is gone, just in Texas.
    A friend of mine rides the narrow guage in Co. every other year.
     
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