Something Different

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by N Gauger, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Just thought I'd drop a line about a question I was asked at the Railroad Museum Saturday.

    One of the visitors asked: "What were the Handcarts & Rail Bikes used for?"

    I replied: "Mostly for track inspections, but they were used a lot to get from place to place by rail workers."

    "Well what did they do if a train came along? They didn't have track detectors, how did a train know they were there?"

    I replied with the only think that came to mind: "I guess they jumped off" -- How about it? Anyone out there have info on this?? Ever get chased??

    Anyway here's a pic of our 3 Wheel Rail Cycle:

  2. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I never took a ride on one but when I was a kid I wanted to build one.The Boston&Maine had tracks behind my fathers furniture company.They even had a siding that went right up to the back door for loading chairs,but that was long before me.

  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Rail Cycle

    Neat!! I was also asked after I posted the pic, How it was powered. It's an "Armstrong" - you push & pull on the handlebar to make it go. :D
  4. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I thought it was peddle powered by the looks of the foot pegs

  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Rail Cycle

    That makes me feel good, Shane, I thought it was that way too when I first saw it. The thin bar to the left (Rear) of the footrest (Pedal) is firmly attached to the frame.

    The Thick bar farther Left (rear) is the mount for the pivot of the handle. The handle is attached by bars inside the frame.

    It's designed not to have any moving parts outside the frame so your clothes won't get caught. Pretty neat eh???
  6. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I still want one but where'd I'd ride is another story

  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Rails to trails

    That's what's driving me crazy, there are a couple abandoned lines within 10 Miles of me. The state is trying to open them for hiking and bicycling.

    Of course we already thought, if you are heading West, and someone else is heading East, who takes their bike off the tracks? It could get messy. :)

    Here's a site for attachments to a regular bike.
  8. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    N Gauger, I looked up the answer in "The Oracle Of Railroading".

    Universal Rule #10 : When faced with an oncoming train the rider is to switch on his headlight, ensure he rings his bicycle bell and scream "MOVE IT BUSTER, I'M COMING THROUGH".

    Personally, I thought discretion was the better part of valour! :D

  9. RI541

    RI541 Member


    Your killing me:D :D :D :D

  10. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict


    Errol :eek: :D

    ROFL - You're a very baaaad influence on me.... Please Keep it Up!!! lol

    I always thought the larger "boat" had the right of way. Unless the smaller boat has lines in the water. :) :) :)
  11. RI541

    RI541 Member


    Whats your line?

  12. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    my "line"

  13. RI541

    RI541 Member


    Alright Alright that me rephrase that.

    W..H..A..T L..I..N..E D..O Y..O..U M..O..D..E..L ? ? ?:D :D

    As you might know I do the CRI&P in N-scale

  14. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Do you know if the Gauge has had any technical diffaculties tonight?

    I had problems getting on tonight for a couple hours.

  15. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict


    I thought that's what you meant. :) I have mostly trains that just go in circles. Our official club name is JGBSMF&W RR.
    named for our club members:
    Janine, George, Bart, Steve, Mike, Fred, Wayne & Rhonda

    It started out in 1984 as an N gauge (hence my name) But it is now a G scale. Our logo is my avatar.

    At one time we were modeling the Deluth Messabi & Iron Range, but we gave up the N gauge when I moved.

    Yes I had trouble siging on too....
  16. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Arent you missing an "R" in your club name?

    Do you have a first name like Bill or Bob? N-Gauger is awful long to type when your in a hurry:D :)

    What makes you a moderator? and what do you do?are you like the Gauge police?:confused:

  17. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Answer for Shane :)

    Well, that's a long story, 2 friends & I started the N gauge in '84 in my mom's house. They were Fred & Wayne, My name's Mike (but I go by Mikey, 'cause that's what my 2 step-daughters call me) :D -- Hence Mother "F" & Waste, stood for our names. Mike Fred & Wayne. Over the years until 1992, I (we) kept changing the name as more "Charter" members Joined. -- ie.: Janine, George, Bart, Steve, Rhonda (My Wife).

    Since '92, it has been The "Just a Great Big Super Mother "F" & Waste Railroad". We have card stock passes, an e-pass and have had 3" cloth patches made for it. We also belong to the "Private Road Name Modelers SIG".

    The missing R in railroad is because normally we spell it as one word. :) for convience. But just for the "Spelling" it has a second R so it will look nice (like PRR Etc.) Also did you notice the "Keystone" is upside down, and inside it there is a Dumpster with "FUBAR" written on it?? :D Fred Wayne & I designed it.


    That pretty much describes the "We'll haul anything" Slogan of the MF&W. Our "Club car has MF&W as reporting marks.


    As to being a Moderator, I am sort of a Historian on the Baldwin Locomotive Works In Eddystone, PA. circa: 1920 - 1960. When I first signed on to The Gauge in Dec. 2000, I thought it would be good to have a forum dedicated to locomotive builders. Dave suggested I Moderate it. (The Builder's Plate) So, I accepted.

    I unfortunatly have had some bad luck with computer crashes, and My server (Photopoint) going out of business. I don't like using pictures I didn't take for internet use, so I had to wait for another server to come along to post to. All the Pics I post to the Gauge are my own. :)

    Hope this was what you wanted... Thanks for asking, and please feel free to call me: -- Mikey :) :D

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