Niles Canyon Railway
Page 1 Photos of the train, from
Page 2 From the Caboose
Page 3 The Depot
Page 4 Brick Factory, the Train, etc.
Page 5 Polar Express (Christmas Train, 2002)
Page 6 Train of Lights (Christmas Train, 2003)
Page 7 Train of Lights, cont.
Page 8 The 1949 GM Diesel engine, etc.
Page 9 Quincy Railroad 1924 Steam Engine
Page 10 Speeder Rides
Page 11, 12, 13, 14 SP 2472 Steam Engine
Ravenswood Docents on Niles Canyon Railway
Speeder Rides at the Niles Canyon Railway
September 12, 2004
Speeders, or Motorcars, were used to transport
railroad crews on the tracks for inspection and repair.
First developed around, they were in use through the 1980s
They were replaced by the Hi-Rails, which are standard pickup trucks with rail wheels attached, and are able to travel on roads or rails.
The speeders here are privately owned, and go to various events around the country. They are at the Niles Canyon Railway once or twice a year. Rides are offered for about $5 each.
The speeders traveled east bound on the newly constructed tracks heading toward Pleasanton, along Pleasanton-Sunol Road.
Several speeders parked, ready for the next trip
A 4 seater
My son with the driver/owner of the speeder in which we rode.
This one could turn itself around by lowering a foot.
Lined up ready for the next trip.
At a crossing off of Pleasanton-Sunol Road.