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Old 01-14-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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Any Rail Speeder fans?


New hobby: Fairmont rail speeders

I know a bunch of us are pilots, play with old cars, are railfans, etc.

I’m up for a new motorized hobby:

Railroad inspection cars (speeders) made by Fairmont and others with Onan type motors.
There are several clubs around the country that “ride the rails” (MOW, NARCOA etc).

Any Airstreamers involved?

Anyone have an MT-19 for sale?

Anyone on West Coast willing to take newbie for a ride?
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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There are forums for them, just like for Airstreamers, in fact, several of them use the same forums software as us. I've mistakenly posted Airstream stuff a couple of times there, and gotten WTF? replies...
There are also several email groups for foamers and speeder fans, you can check them out as well. I used to work for the local railroad museum, and we caught several people with speeders on our tracks.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Overlander63.

Shoulda known, forums for everything!

Did you catch them by running them down in an F3 or American 4-4-0?
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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Thanks Overlander63.

Shoulda known, forums for everything!

Did you catch them by running them down in an F3 or American 4-4-0?
No, I nearly ran one of them down with this. Not fun having to go into emergency with a trainload of passengers...

The guy was arrested, and his speeder was impounded.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:12 AM   #5
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Yikes!!! I have NO intention of running a speeder on the UP right of way. I know there are clubs with "permission" to use old tracks etc.

That photo is EXACTLY why I wouldn't try it.\
Nice toy
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No, I nearly ran one of them down with this. Not fun having to go into emergency with a trainload of passengers...

The guy was arrested, and his speeder was impounded.
What a great machine to operate.
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The guy was arrested, and his speeder was impounded.
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There's even a guy with a '57 Pontiac station wagon (bright yellow) that toured with these little guys from Prince George to North Vancouver BC, and then along the Atlantic Coast. It looks like fun, but they don't pull Airstreams so my DW would think I was going down the wrong path with my hobbies.

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There's even a guy with a '57 Pontiac station wagon (bright yellow) that toured with these little guys from Prince George to North Vancouver BC, and then along the Atlantic Coast. It looks like fun, but they don't pull Airstreams so my DW would think I was going down the wrong path with my hobbies.

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Would that be considered "getting off-track?"
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I think she'd be a bit more expressive. Like going off the rails.

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Terry,

Are you a choo choo engineer? If so, then SUPERCOOL DUDE!!!!!!!!!!

I've been an engineer for 15 years....of the P.E. kind, and THEY STILL WON'T LET ME DRIVE THE TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!

Dang and blast, all I do is sit in an office and crunch numbers and tell drafter guys what to draw. I wanna drive the train!

Yah, diesels are practical, but I like STEAM!

Rock on man,
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I know where there are a couple of Speeders sitting in the woods around here. One has the Onan engine. I know who owns them if anyone is interested.

I have a track that goes by the house. It is only used about once every 2 weeks or so. The tracks are in such bad shape the train can only go 10 mph. They just haul molassas for the feed mill, peanuts and plastic resin up to the plastic conduit factory. It was a CSX spur, but is run by Florida Northern Railway now. I see speeders on it once a year or so.
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Terry,

Are you a choo choo engineer? If so, then SUPERCOOL DUDE!!!!!!!!!!

I've been an engineer for 15 years....of the P.E. kind, and THEY STILL WON'T LET ME DRIVE THE TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!

Dang and blast, all I do is sit in an office and crunch numbers and tell drafter guys what to draw. I wanna drive the train!

Yah, diesels are practical, but I like STEAM!

Rock on man,
jim, if you get down this way, you can rent the engine for an hour or two, and drive it yourself (supervised, of course).
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