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Velocipede tour now available in Portugal !
Dear velocipede aficionados, Just to inform you
that since a couple of weeks is now possible to ride a velocipede
in Portugal! It's on the out of use railway connecting Torre das
Vargens to the Spanish border, between Castelo de Vide and Marvão-Beirã.
These two beautiful stations have been well preserved and renovated,
and both of them are now hosting very nice B&Bs - what makes
the logistics quite easy. Moreover, both villages, despite they
are some miles far from the railway stations, are pretty beautiful,
quoted in all tourist guides on Portugal.
The website www.railbikemarvao.com
provides you the necessary contacts. I've tested it and really
recommend it. You should try not to miss it, if you go to Portugal
Best wishes, J. Gabriel
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"This is a Velocipede"
Photo by kind permission of Trevor Catterson
Patented by George Sheffield in 1879, this example
is probably the best preserved Sheffield machine in the world and
lives at The Buckinghamshire Railway Museum at Quainton Road Station.
To see the patents Google Patents and
put in the numbers
213254 & 9571 Reissue, 260903.
BUDA Pump Car
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BUDA Catalogues we have in our Library
Very early advertisement with "wheelbarrow"
spokes before the traditional Sheffield "teardrop" wooden
spokes in the Quainton Road Station machine appeared. A "wheelbarrow"
machine survives in a Museum in the US see below.
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A Railway Velocipede
is a simple 3 or 4 wheeled rail vehicle which the rider propels
along the track using his arms and legs. It was invented by George
Sheffield to get to work by unofficially riding on the tracks of
the Michigan Central Railway in the hours of darkness. One evening
he found a broken rail and by borrowing a lantern from a local farm,
he stopped an approaching train and prevented a derailment and loss
News of his nocturnal velocipeding was out but the railway company
was grateful for his prompt action and allowed his use of their
tracks, also asking him to build another velocipede for the Michigan
His patent was issued on 11 March 1879 and according to the Scientific
American of 3 November 1883, 4000 of these machines had been sold
in America and Europe in just 4 years, a worldwide hit.
They were used as personal transport for track inspectors
and signal engineers and could carry two people if needed. Their
light weight meant they could easily be removed from the track when
Although mainly used by US and Canadian railways, several were bought
by railways in Britain and it is examples of machines from the old
Great Western, LNE and Southern Railways that have been invited
to the 12 July rally. They are mainly products of the Sheffield
Car Company of Three Rivers, Michigan, but we also hope to see a
product of the rival BUDA company of Harvey, Illinois. One machine
definitely attending is a brand new Sheffield type built in Staffordshire.
The British company Wickham of Ware built at least three types of
velocipede, mainly for export, but none has surfaced yet.
For further information about Velocipedes please
or phone 01785 816810 or post to: 48 Redwood Avenue, Stone, Staffs.
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