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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.

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Drais invented his Laufmaschine (German for "running machine") that was called a draisine by the press.
Hence, the name Draisine, although Drais himself referred to it as his 'laufmaschine'.
More often, there is a chronological line-up of different bicycle models, arranged type by type in a way that suggests a linear progression of improved bicycle technology from the early nineteenth-century draisine to the late nineteenth-century safety design.
He named it "laufmaschine," or "running machine." In later years, it more often was referred to as "draisine" after its inventor, or "hobby horse."
The Drais machine, made mostly of wood, was called a hobby horse, dandy horse, or draisine. Propulsion was by walking or running while the rider sat on the frame, not far different from the Flintstones' family car.
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.
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.
The draisine, developed in 1817, was an early form of which method of transport?