From Engineering News of February, 1895 “The wheels have rubber bands 3 ins. wide and 3-16 in. thick on the tread, which make the machine run easily without jar, and also without noise, so that the rider can catch the sound of approaching trains.” – [via] Link.
I really want to build one of these and do some riding on old tracks.
Another version from Montreal’s McCord Museum of Canadian History – Link.