Trudy Coffman Trainham and her sisters, Peggy and Glenda, have fun recalling their adventures on the Doodlebug. There are stories to be heard when in their presence about their beloved trips to town on the Doodlebug.
In the United States, doodlebug was the common name for a self-propelled railroad car. They were popular with some railroads during the first part of the 20th century to provide passenger and mail service on lightly-used branch lines, obviating the need to operate conventional trains consisting of a locomotive and coaches. Several railroads, mostly small regional and local networks, provided their main passenger services through doodlebugs in a cost cutting effort. However, in the railcar usage of the term it may have been derived from the phrase "doodling through town" that may have been applied to reference the function of the coaches