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handcar

[hand-kahr] /ˈhændˌkɑr/
noun
1.
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.
Origin of handcar
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; hand + car1
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  • The crippled one was helped aboard of the handcar, Zeph joined them, and the handcar sped away.

  • But even as the handcar was passing him Mr. Trimm regretted his hastiness.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • He carried 'Thusia to the street and rested her on a handcar that stood beside the railway and wrapped her in his greatcoat.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • He made a jump off the right-of-way, and as the handcar flashed by he watched its flight from the covert of a weed tangle.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • He was thus engaged when the handcar rattled over the bridge.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Bannon walked back to the tracks, in time to see a handcar and trailer, packed with men, come up the track and stop near at hand.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • The section men had even got upon their handcar and were pumping away up the east-bound track.

  • There was nobody left in the cut, and both the train and the handcar on which the section hands had traveled, were out of sight.

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