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Gasoline-Powered  Locomotives
As gasoline motors improved (around 1910), Electro-Motive Corporation (before the General Motors takeover) started selling self-propelled gas-powered passenger
and freight railcars. Self-propelled railcars became even more popular during the Great Depression as railroad passenger traffic dropped and national & local
highways were constructed for use by trucks & buses & the automobile.


'Doodlebug' self-propelled railcars

E.M.C. 1925 Montana Western RR gas-electric railcar #31 is awaiting engine repairs at M.C.R.M.
(Great Northern Rwy #2313 service 1925-1939 between Marcus, Washington and South Nelson, British Columbia; Montana Western RR #31 1940-65
between Valier and Conrad, Montana; donated to Mid-Continent Railway Museum in 1965, restored 1972; last operated 1987)

1932 AT&SF doodlebug railcar 'La Marranita (The Little Pig)' ran 1934-68 - now parked in Downtown Belén, New Mexico  click here for photograph (in a new window)

The Doodlebugs book by John B. McCall  "The Doodlebugs: A Word and Picture History" [1977] by John B. McCall
includes color photographs, drawings, and over 300 b&w photos
Kachina Press 6x9 hardcover [1977] out of print/used
Interurbans without wires - rail motorcars in the U.S. book by Edmund Keilty  
"Interurbans Without Wires: The Rail Motorcar In The United States" [1979]
by Edmund Keilty

Interurban Press Special 66 9x6 hardcover [1979] out of print/used
Doodlebug Country Rail Motorcar book by Edmund Keilty  "Doodlebug Country: The Rail Motorcar On The Class I Railroads of The United States" [1982] by Edmund Keilty
Interurban Press Special 77 11x8¾ hardcover [9/82] out of print/used
Short Line Doodlebug, Galloping Geese, Other Rail Critters book by Edmund Keilty  "The Short Line Doodlebug: Galloping Geese and Other Railcritters" [1988]
by Edmund Keilty

Interurban Press Special 99 11x8¾ hardcover [12/88] out of print/many used
Son of Doodlebug pictorial supplement book by John B. McCall  "Son of Doodlebug: A Pictorial Supplement" [2003] by John B. McCall
Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society hardcover [2003] out of print/scarce

Pullman-Standard Pennsylvania Railroad gasoline-powered motor car #4663 - 3/4 front view          Pullman-Standard Pennsylvania Railroad gasoline-powered motor car #4663 - sideview          St. Louis Car Company 1928 Rock Island doodlebug #9070 at Devils Lake, North Dakota in 1949


Edwards Railway Motor Car Company [1921-1942]
In 1915, Harry P. Edwards, general manager of the Atlantic & Western Railway in North Carolina, solved a problem of money-losing passenger trains by building a gasoline-engine-powered passenger motorcar; he built other motorcars in the A&W shops and sold then to other railroads. The Edwards Railway Motor Car Company was formed in 1921; the patented Model 20 of 1926, with the motor embedded in the forward wheel-truck, was a big success; production in the 1930s was mostly export. Sales plummeted toward the end of the 1930s, Edwards sold the plant in 1940, and the company folded in 1942.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Only four Edwards-built cars are known to exist: M-100 is still in service with the California Western Railroad; M-401 was restored and is in service at the Nevada State Railroad Museum; ex-B&SE M-500 was restored by the new Edwards company and returned to Alabama; 1926 CB&Q Railway Express combine M-507 was on display in Cape Charles, Virginia in 2009, is now at Virginia & Truckee RR in Nevada for full restoration. (Restoration of the rusted frame of 1924 Yadkin RR M-100 in North Carolina is unlikely.) The new Edwards company built a replica Model 10 in 2000 from original Edwards blueprints for West Virginia Central (now Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR) as their M-3 rail bus; it appears to be up for sale (2014).

Edwards Railway Motor Car Company book by Cary Franklin Poole  
"The Edwards Railway Motor Car Company and Its Visionary
Founder, H.P. Edwards - The Doctor of Sick Shortlines" [2006]
by Cary Franklin Poole

Hot Box Press hardcover [9/2006] out of print - SOLD OUT

Edwards Rail Car Company [1997-2008]
Company was re-founded in 1997 by rail consultant Steven Torrico to manufacture & sell lightweight self-propelled rail cars based on the Edwards company’s original designs;
located in either Montgomery, Alabama or Mount Dora, Florida; company folded in December 2008 with plans to re-locate to the original Edwards factory in Sanford,
North Carolina – current status unclear (2008-2016) • no official website • entry at Wikipedia

1925 Edwards-built California Western RR 'Skunk' motorcar M-100 (painted yellow)          Edwards-built Model 10 Tucson, Cornelia & Gila Bend RR #401 at N.S.R.M. in Nevada          Edwards-built Model 10 Tucson, Cornelia & Gila Bend RR #401 at N.S.R.M. in Nevada (rear view) 2011

1923 Edwards-built Model 10 R&LHS #M-500 is in Alabama          1926 Edwards-built ex-CB&Q Railway Express combine M-507 at Cape Charles, Virginia in 2009          2000 new-Edwards West Virginia Central - Durbin & Greenbrier Valley replica railcar M-3


Hall-Scott Motor Car Company


McKeen Motor Cars

b&w advertisement for McKeen Gasoline Motor Cars of Omaha, Nebraska


Rio Grande Southern 'Galloping Geese'
Galloping Goose entry at Wikipedia
Galloping Goose Historical Society [est. 1987] in Dolores, Colorado {GG #5}
Colorado Railroad Museum [est. 1959] in Golden, Colorado {GG #2, #6 & #7}
Colorado Travel / Railroads Links Page / Rio Grande Southern RR Section

Galloping Geese of The Rio Grande Southern book by Stan Rhine  "Galloping Geese of The Rio Grande Southern: Tin Feathers and Gasoline Fumes"
[1988] by Stan Rhine

Colorado Railroad Museum 11¼x8¾ pb [6/88] out of print/used
Galloping Geese of The Rio Grande Southern book by Stan Rhine  "Tin Feathers, Wooden Trestles, and Iron Men: The Galloping Geese of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad" [2012] by Stan Rhine
A new history of the Galloping Geese motive power of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, loaded with great photos and complete information about the seven units.
11x8½ pb [3/2012] available only at The Colorado Railroad Museum for $10.95 + s/h

"Galloping Goose"  [Rocky Mountain P.B.S. 2017]
episode of the "Colorado Experience" TV series [2016-2017]
'Galloping Goose' episode of 'Colorado Experience' TV series  half-hour color/b&w TV documentary on the seven purpose-built rail motor cars of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, in service 1931 to 1952 • Exec producer, writer & director Julie Speer; featuring Joe Becker, Scott Bennett, John Bush (Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR), historian Dr. William Convery, Gary Cryan, Lew Matis, Karl Schaeffer, Doug Schmidt, Donald Tallman, and Jeff Taylor
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • series credits at IMDbofficial RMPBS episode homepage
watch full episode [12/2017 upload; 26:39] online at YouTube


six of seven Galloping Geese of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad - at the Colorado Railroad Museum roundhouse in 2012


gas turbine 'Turbo Train' [1968-82]
The TurboTrain was an early high-speed, gas turbine train-set designed by United Aircraft that operated in Canada between 1968 and 1982 and in the U.S. between 1968 and 1980;
eight trainsets were built, all were scrapped. In December 1967 testing, the TurboTrain set a world high-speed record of 170.8 mph (274.9 km/h) for gas turbine-powered rail
vehicles (which still stands) • entry at Wikipedia
High Speed Rail Canada CN Turbo Train Public Archives

Turbo Train - A Journey book by Jason Shron  
"TurboTrain: A Journey" [2008] by Jason Shron
Rapido Trains, Inc. 136-page pb [2/2008] for $20.15
Rapido Trains makes an HO-scale model of 3-unit TurboTrain (2014)

TurboTrain 3-unit special on USA Amtrak tour in 1971         Amtrak TurboTrain #56 - Canadian National         Amtrak TurboTrain #56 - Amtrak


Streetcars,  Subways  &  Interurban
'streetcars in North America' page at Wikipedia

A.P.T.A./Seashore Trolley Museum Heritage Trolley website
INFO: manages/operates Seashore Trolley Museum [est. 1939] in Kennebunkport, Maine  Branford Electric Railway Assn., Inc. [est. 1945] in Maine

Seashore Trolley Museum [est. 1939] in Kennebunkport, Maine          Connecticut Trolley Museum [est. 1940] in East Windsor, CT          Shore Line Trolley Museum [est. 1945] in East Haven, CT


3-mile Astoria Riverfront Trolley [est. 1999]
1913 American Car Company of St. Louis diesel-electric (wireless) trolley car 'Old 300' is in daily use (in season)
official websiteentry at Wikipedia


cable cars
San Francisco [CA] Cable Car Museum [est. 1974]


American Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri


J.G. Brill Company [1868-1954] of Philadelphia
manufactured over 45,000 gasoline- and electric-powered streetcars, buses, and motorcars
museum info pageentry at Wikipedia

"History of The J. G. Brill Company" [Indiana Univ Press, 2001] by Debra Brill
http://www.amazon.com/History-J-Brill-Company-Railroads/dp/0253339499/

restored Brill Motorcar #55  click here for photograph (in a new window) - Brill Motorcar #55 painted red for Connecticut Valley RR in 1988  click here for photograph (in a new window) - Brill Motorcar #55 painted green  click here for photograph (in a new window) - Brill Motorcar #55 painted green for Arizona Eastern Railway, stored at Ringoes yard in New Jersey
restored 1929 Brill Motorcar #120  click here for photograph (in a new window) - 1929 Brill Model 55 Motorcar #120 at the Trolley Museum in Kingston, NY
partially-restored Brill Motorcar #201  click here for photograph (in a new window) - Brill MDT&E Motorcar #201 (passenger version)  click here for photograph (in a new window) - Brill MDT&E Motorcar #201 (rebuilt as dinner car)


Siemens Industry Rail Systems - efficient rail solutions
Siemens Industry Rail Systems Plant [est. 1992], 7464 French Road in South Sacramento, California


Interurban Interlude / North Jersey Rapid Transit book by Cdr. Edwin Jay Quinby  "Interurban Interlude: A History of The North Jersey Rapid Transit Company"
[1968] by Cdr. E.J. Quinby

Model Craftsman Publng 11x8¼ hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Model Craftsman Publng 11¼x8¼ hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Electric Railways Around San Francisco Bay Volume 1 book by Donald Duke  "Electric Railways Around San Francisco Bay, Volume 1: Bay Area Rapid Transit - East Bay Transit - Interurban Electric (S.P.) - Key System" [1999]
Compiled by Donald Duke

Golden West Books 8½x11 pb [9/99] for $25.60
Electric Railways Around San Francisco Bay Volume 2 book by Donald Duke  "Electric Railways Around San Francisco Bay, Volume 2: Market Street Railway - Municipal Railway of San Francisco - Northwestern Pacific RR - Petaluma & Santa Rosa RR - Sacramento Northern Railway - San Francisco, Napa & Calistoga RR - Shipyard Railway" [2000] Compiled by Donald Duke
Golden West Books 8¼x10½ pb [9/2000] for $26.95
Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 1 book by Donald Duke  "Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 1: The Northern Division" [2001]
Compiled by Donald Duke

Golden West Books 8½x11¼ pb [12/2001] for $33.90
Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 2 book by Donald Duke  "Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 2: The Eastern Division" [2002]
Compiled by Donald Duke

Golden West Books 8x10¾ pb [12/2002] for $35.41
Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 3 book by Donald Duke  "Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 3: The Southern Division" [2005]
Compiled by Donald Duke

Golden West Books 8½x11 pb [1/2005] for $33.45
Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 4 book by Donald Duke  "Pacific Electric Railway, Volume 4: The Western Division" [2004]
Compiled by Donald Duke

Golden West Books 8½x11 pb [12/2004] for $34.79
The Race Underground / America's First Subway book by Doug Most  "The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and The Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway" [2014] by Doug Most
Kindle Edition from St. Martin's/Macmillan [2/2014] for $12.74
St. Martin's Press 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2014] for $19.29

Other  Motive  Power  Designs


General Motors/E.M.D. 'Aerotrain' streamlined trainset [1955-66]
multi-car passenger trainsets operated from 1956 to 1966; failed because of rough ride and under-powered;
two were built, engine and two cars preserved at two U.S. museums.
Aerotrain #T-1 {as #3} is at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri
Aerotrain #T-2 is at the National Railroad Museum in Wisconsin
KETC-TV video [9:12] on YouTubeentry at Wikipedia
defunct Bowser Models has over 50 Aerotrain prototype photographs online

The Washington Park & Zoo Railway [est. 1958] in Portland, Oregon opened with a 5/8-scale replica
of G.M.'s Aerotrain; the streamlined diesel-hydraulic 'Zooliner' is still operating daily (in season).

1955 General Motors 'Aerotrain' on display at St. Louis Museum of Transportation         New York Central ad for new Aerotrain 'dream train'         color postcard photo {cropped} of the 1958 5/8-scale Aerotrain at the Portland Zoo


Bertin 'Aérotrain' rail hovercraft of France [1965-77]
French/English fansite [est. 2006]entry at Wikipedia

Rohr 'Aérotrain' rail hovercraft of Colorado [1970]
prototype 'tracked air-cushion vehicle' built under license from Bertin Aérotrain; testing near Pueblo, Colorado reached speeds of 145 mph  click here for recent photograph (in a new window)
on 1.5-mile track; stored at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum for 40+ years; moved to Pueblo [CO] Railway Museum in 2009.


camelback locomotive

Forney locomotives
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forney_locomotive


1923 H.K. Porter compressed air 0-4-0 'mule' #5 from Homestake mine in Arizona         electric-powered 'mule' engine at Primero Colorado coal mine          1931 experimental propellor-driven 'rail zeppelin' railcar, built in Germany using B.M.W. aircraft engine

1884 Lehigh Valley 4-2-4T inspection locomotive #300 'Dorothy'         Reading Railroad 4-4-2 inspection locomotive #100

1966 New York Central RR experimental M-497 jet-engine-powered locomotive          New York Central RR experimental M-497 jet-engine-powered locomotive during 1966 testing          1933 experimental Pullman RailPlane; displayed at 1934 Chicago World's Fair, then long-term testing on Gulf, Mobile & Northern RR in Mississippi

Aérotrain of France rail hovercraft - front view         Aérotrain of France rail hovercraft - rear view


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