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How does one "ride on the brake beam"?

While @ccprog's answer already explains well what a brake beam on a railway bogie is, after some googling I found the picture Brake-beam traveller by Charles C. Pierce: (This looks like a two-axle ...
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How does one "ride on the brake beam"?

With reference to the original quotation from a 1913 novel - it's probably a reference to a type of carriage called a brake, that the characters could have hired to go on an excursion.
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How does one "ride on the brake beam"?

Horace Field Parshall; Henry Metcalf Hobart: Electric railway engineering, London 1907 has a large number of drawings of railway bogies, and one of them, Fig. 410 (after p. 440), gets the following ...
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