|Some traits must run in the family. Two descendants of one of the perpetrators were trying out the handcar on display at the Canadian Railway Museum. Wisely, this handcar has been chained to the track.|
One evening at the dinner table in the late 1960's, my grandfather recounted to us details about a railway related adventure which occurred many years earlier, probably around 1910.
A group of young men from Milan, which was said to have included the CPR station agent as well as my grandfather, borrowed the section handcar to travel the ten miles from Milan to Scotstown. The purpose was to attend some long forgotten social function in Scotstown. Anyway, the handcar was of the vintage that required a pair or quartet of participants to supply muscle power to pump the handle bars up and down, much like a see-saw.
|Spring Hill, Quebec, was renamed Nantes|
The Oddblock Station Agent
Note: Details of this anecdote also appears in Duncan McLeod's publication, "The Milan Story"