Fairmont Speeder Engine

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Fairmont Speeder Engine

Gregg Hoel, a PMRR volunteer, has restored a 1934 Fairmount 2 cycle engine. This engine built by the Fairmount Railway Company was responsible for replacing the hand car that was used to bring personnel and equipment to a rail site to enact repairs. The two cycle engine is capable of running in either direction by turning the flywheel in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction to start it and adjusting the timing accordingly.

The following video shows Gregg starting this engine:

hand car (1 of 1)

Poway Midland Railroad Handcar Human powered

Speeder (1 of 1)

Poway Midland Railroad Fairmount Speeder Modern four cycle engine


Gregg joined the Volunteers in 2008 and has been very active in restoring and repairing our railroad equipment. In addition he is a qualified fireman and engineer and can be seen running our 1907 Baldwin steam engine. Gregg is currently restoring an even older Fairmont 2 cycle engine. Besides his work on the Poway Midland railroad he is also a member of the Vista Gas and Steam Museum where he is restoring an old hand made Tractor.