The standard handcar was the pickup truck of the railroad until the gasoline motorcar took over the task around 1910. There were a number of handcar models developed for specific applications, but the standard handcar weighing in at 500 pounds made up the majority of handcars manufactured. All three major manufactures built handcars to similar dimensions, gear ratios, and wheel types. Only a well trained eye can spot differences between the models.
Our collection includes two standard handcars that we built to perfecting standards using original Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company castings to make new iron foundry patterns.