Feel the push and pull of the velocipede


A piece of history you can experience for yourself


Velocipede speed is determined by the riders


The velocipede can be found in our Cloverdale Station carbarn

The Velocipede

What is a Velocipede?

A hand cart, or velocipede, is a railroad car powered by its passengers, or by people pushing the car from behind. It was mostly used for maintenance of rails but it was also used for passenger service in some cases. A typical design consists of an arm, called the walking beam, that pivots, seesaw-like, on a base, which the passengers alternately push down and pull up to move the car.

Velocipede Rides

Have a ride on the velocipede – located in the Cloverdale Station Discovery Centre.. Velocipede rides are included with the Dicovery Centre Tour.

Children must be 4ft 6 ins tall to ride the velocipede.

Tickets for the Discovery Centre Tour may be purchased at Cloverdale Station. Go to our Ticket Information page for more details.

About Our Velocipede

The FVHRS Velocipede was donated by Bill and Diane Garth of White Rock. The Velocipede had been a garden ornament for many years at the Garth’s. It is our understanding that the Velocipede number 22128 was once owned by the CNR and was used in the Mt. Robson area. It was in a dilapidated state, and restored to pristine condition by Director Harry Taylor.

The velocipede, found as a garden ornament.

The restored velocipede.

Harry Taylor, who restored the FVHRS velocipede.