Draisine


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Draisine

 

a railcar used for transporting men and materials over short distances. The first draisines were four-wheeled carts with manual controls. Modern draisines (motor draisines) are powered by automobile or motorcycle internal combustion engines.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Since the children enjoyed these questions so much, here are a few more posers that tested the minds of students from the senior categories: Draisine, Boneshaker, Columbia Expert and American Safety were some of the earliest types of this everyday vehicle.
Using reclaimed pieces of the Corniche itself, and a draisine rail motor from the Mar Mikhail train station, the students -- who went straight to Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi for permission -- take it in turns to manually shift the platform along tracks they have themselves constructed, taking visitors right to the end of the harbor.
Even before Gompertz, back in Germany in 1817, Johann Cad Siegismund Bauer had designed (but probably never built) a treadle mechanism to drive the rear wheel of a draisine.
never had seen, nor heard of, either a draisine or a tricycle.
Finally, Raphael Zarka's La Draisine (Gang Car), 2009, revives a similarly futurist technology from the past: The Aerotrain design developed in the 1960s by French engineer Jean Bertin, a fantastical yet apparently functional hovercraft locomotive, is re-created by the Paris-based artist as a hybrid of two motorcycles designed to function on a monorail system.
The draisine, developed in 1817, was an early form of which method of transport?
While you might have to be a railroad enthusiast or a fan of the Wild Wild West to recognize the name draisine, most anyone will recognize the sight of these track cycles speeding down the tracks in Western movies and novels.
Also on This Day: 1818: The draisine,forerunner of the bicycle was patented by Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun; 1823: the first ever tin of sardines was made in Maine, USA; 1923: the inner tomb of Tutankhamun was opened at Luxor by the team lead by Lord Carnarvon; 1972: a majority in the House of Commons decided that Britain should join the Common Market.
The contractor will organize and conduct racing at least two double Draisines, on tracks located in a ravine near the building LCS (the "Racing Draisines").
THE next day, after a hearty Belgian lunch, we tackled the rail bikes at Draisines, not far from the hotel.