a small railroad car or platform on four wheels propelled by a mechanism worked by hand, used on some railroads for inspecting tracks and transporting workers.

1840–50, Americanism; hand + car1

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The cableway and small handcar are used for making discharge measurements when the flow is too deep and fast for wading.
Buck's land contained large coal reserves, and he had a little mine complete with tracks and handcar.
It's come so no one asks why you ride the bicycle or pump the handcar along the rusty company spurs in the backwoods.
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