SH5860 : A Velocipedes or 'Car Gwyllt'

taken 11 years ago, near to Llanberis, Gwynedd, Great Britain

A Velocipedes or 'Car Gwyllt'
A Velocipedes or 'Car Gwyllt'
The Welsh term 'Car Gwyllt' (meaning fast or furious car) is used for the device known to the English-speaking world as the Velocipedes, and which could move along rails at speeds of up to 40 mph. They were manually propelled, either by the turning of handles in the case of 'Malwoden Lwyd' (grey snail), or by fast and furious pedalling. Each car carried 8 men.
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Fatal accidents were not unknown and the management introduced a regulation banning cars from travelling closer than 25 yards to the next vehicle. Dinorwig Quarry document 1563 shows that on
23 July 1894 Robert Williams (Victoria)was punished for running his Velocipedes within 10 yds of the one in front causing an accident. He was suspended without pay from the quarry for 3 days.
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Wednesday, 20 December, 2006   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 21 December, 2006
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Railways > Railway vehicle   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 58 60 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.3704N 4:6.9599W
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