Westminster Iron Works

Speeder

 

Crew Speeder (CVR No.27)
No.27 is operational and supplements the passenger train on busy days during the open season and transports special groups during the off season.

Technical Data:

  • Description: 8-wheel crew speeder.
  • Built: 1970s
  • Gauge: narrow (36 inches).
  • Current engine: Ford 360 cu in V-8.


History:

  • CVR No.27 is a replica built in the early 1970s
  • This speeder is typical of those used in the later years of railway logging to transport workers and materials to and from job sites. In the case of the more remote camps, they also transported workers and their families between camp and town. Capable of speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, they were much faster and more comfortable than hitching a ride with the usually slow moving log trains.
  • Many logging speeders were built to Department of Railway standards at the company repair shop, by the camp master mechanic. While most service was as a railway bus (crummy) and ambulance, some also worked as light locomotives.