Hand Crank Car Gets You There Eventually!

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Garden Railroad enthusiast enjoys his backyard track layout with this unique custom built handcar!

Used in the United States as early as the 1840’s, handcar were an essential part of railroad operations from about 1850 to around 1910.

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They were used not only in construction of the railroads, but also as track maintenance machines to inspect long miles of track close up.

These cars had different names to include:

  1. Pump Trolleys
  2. Pump Cars
  3. Jigger
  4. Kalamazoo

They had two basic designs which consisted of pivots and crank varieties.

This backyard engineer is operating his hand car on his main line of 135 feet of track at 7-7/8″ gauge.

Let us know if you have a G scale track and have one of these fun contraptions! We’d love to have you share your experience!

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