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Old 09-14-2019, 02:00 AM   #21
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"speeder"? When I was growing up on a farm about 15 miles west of Fairmont we called them "putt-putt" cars. Never heard the term "speeder" until years later.
The "putt-putts" were the Fairmont 2-cycle inspection cars however those engines were superceded by 4-cycle engines such as Onans in the Fairmonts. Also during that same era were the bigger gang cars by Fairmont that used 4 cylinder (-and even 6 cylinder) engines. Relatively speaking, there were just as many non putt-putt speeders as there were putt-putt speeders.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:33 AM   #22
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The Southwest Railroad Museum in Campo, California has a speeder with a Model A engine in it. We rebuilt about 25 years ago for them. The are on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern railroad Line built by John Spreckels in 1906 through the Carrizo Gorge and called the "Impossible Railroad."
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