Handcars and Track Maintenance Cars
#740 Handcar, the first version, which was made only in 1952.
(This is a picture I took of a car in Jack Larson's collection.)
#740 Handcars made later in 1952 had this colorful decal in place of the black lettering.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
My #740 Handcar, the third version, made from 1953 to 1954, had vent holes near the top.
The #741 is a #740 like this with a #585 Tool Shed modified to allow the handcar to enter on a track.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#740A handcar from the #5300T Miners Work Train set, with vent holes, made in 1953&1954.
(Photo courtesy of Keith Kuzma)
#5300T Miners Work Train made from 1953 to 1954.
(This is a picture I took of Jack Larson's set.)
#742 reversing handcar made in 1955 & 1956.  Note the shield with no stripes.
It had a black rod protruding out from the near side.
When the handcar ran into something, it pushed in the rod and reversed direction.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#23743 Track Maintenance Car made from 1960 to 1964.
(This is a picture I took of a car in Jack Larson's collection.)
After collecting a few other pictures, I noticed that Jack's operator is wearing a darker suit than other
operators.  Jack reports "My track maintenance man was on vacation (that means I couldn't find him)
so the my sawmill man was pulling double duty."  The real driver wears turquoise as below.
An extremely rare version numbered simply 743 was also made.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
Be aware that there are reproductions out there numbered simply 743.
(Photos courtesy of Jerry Poniatowski.)


This was made by Bill Parr who runs a hobby supply business in Langhorne, PA,
phone 215-757-1034.
You'll see his ads in
S Gaugian magazine.

To make sure noone mistook it for the real thing, he molded the word "REPRO" into the plastic near a wheel.  You just need to know where to look.

Also, it is driven by a modern can motor and different gearing than the Gilbert original.
So if you see a "rare 743" for sale, look underneath!
The picture below shows what the Gilbert car looks like underneath:
(Photo courtesy of Jack Larson.)
#48078 Commemorative Handcar and Shed made in 2009.
(Picture from the
Lionel online catalog.)
#49815 Reversing Handcar and Shed, Lionel's remake of the #741, made in 2004 & 2005.
(Picture from the
Lionel online catalog.)

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