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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Speeder cars return to county rails

Small engines were used for maintenance


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The little cars power themselves as they travel railroads, allowing the drivers to enjoy the scenery.

COLFAX — A group of railroad "speeder cars" and their owners convened in Whitman County on Saturday, June 19, to ride the rails.

The first option began at the railyard in Colfax and went to Thornton and back. The group may put the cars on the rails at Winona later for another ride.

"Due to grain train traffic I'm not positive of our schedule at this point," said Roger Farrell, excursion coordinator. "Wherever the railroad tells us we can go, we'll go."

Pacific Railcar Operators members come in from around the northwest for the event. They are part of a hobby in which owners buy old railc...

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