Indiana Harbor Belt 1181

Indiana Harbor Belt 1181 (HMQ5M)

Location: Union, IL 60180 McHenry County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 13.741', W 88° 31.637'

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Gasoline Motorcar ("Speeder")

The earliest motorcars (often called speeders or section cars) appeared just after the start of the 20th century, using many of the same mechanical components as the first automobiles.

The first speeders used single-cylinder engines connected directly to an axle; such motorcars had to be pushed to start, and turned off to stop. Later designs had multi-cylinder gasoline engines, hand cranks or electric starters, geared or belt drives, and electric lights. Most speeders had open sides and room for four or five workers, but models were available with enclosed bodies or space for up to [a] dozen passengers.

The most common use of motorcars was to transport a section gang (track workers responsible for a designated "section" of up to ten miles of track) to a work site. Unpowered trailer carts could be coupled behind to haul tools, rails, or other equipment. Speeders were built until the early 1990's, though most were replaced by "hi-rail" trucks (standard pickups with retractable railroad wheels) by the 1980's.
HM NumberHMQ5M
Placed ByIllinois Railway Museum
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 4:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 373967 N 4676333
Decimal Degrees42.22901667, -88.52728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 13.741', W 88° 31.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 13' 44.46" N, 88° 31' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)815
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-511 Depot St, Union IL 60180, US
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