Close-up shot of the Hampton Loade Velocipede, featuring 'Wheelbarrow'spokes, taken at Eardington Halt during the SVR Autumn Gala on 21st September 2013. The three-wheel velocipede could carry one or two people over the rail tracks to perform short errands. It could attain a speed of up to 12 mph. The actual inventor of this style handcar is unknown, but George S. Sheffield has been generally credited with the invention in 1877. This style of handcar was manufactured until approximately 1947. The GWR probably made the greatest use of velocipedes of the 'big 4' railway companies; Swindon's use of them continued into BR days.
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