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In old comedy films and some classic cartoons, when a scene involves a railroad, there is a chance of a handcar pursuit where one of the character chases another character, also in a handcar usually, by operating a handcar. Usually gets ridiculous when the handcar is able to catch up with a locomotive or is being chased by one.

In real life, the handcar has long been replaced for rail crews with special wheel frame attachments on ordinary cars or trucks which are designed to allow such automobiles to travel on the rails to get to a particular location.

Compare RacingTheTrain.



[[folder: Anime]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The short "Camp Pikachu" has the Pokemon chasing after a departing locomotive in a handcart (with some additional boost from Cyndaquil's Flamethrower) so that the Pichu Brothers could continue on their way.
** ''Best Wishes'' has this involving a subway. {{Justified|Trope}} that they were able to keep pace, however, because instead of operating it by hand they were using Electric-type Pokémon to power the cars.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ComicBook/{{Tintin}} does this in ''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets''. The handcar breaks just as he is about to catch up. He then spots a junk pile and motorizes the car by MacGyvering, but the villains succeed at literally derailing him.
* ComicBook/LittleLotta has this happen. However, given that the handcar is powered by Lotta, the engineer's concern that they will "knock it off the tracks" is justified.

[[folder: Film ]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ''Film/TheVillain''
* ''[[Film/TheElusiveAvengers The Crown of the Russian Empire]]'' (a Soviet action movie) has the heroine chasing a train on a handcar. She catches up. However, later the villain they've been chasing unhooks the last train car (yes, while the train is moving) with an oil tank on it, and shoots it, causing it to explode. The heroine passes ''through'' the resulting fire on the same handcar (and, apparently, through the wreckage of the car itself, although it could've been blaste off the railway).
* Creator/BusterKeaton in ''Film/TheGeneral'' has about any railborne vehicle chasing any other. (First the hero chases his stolen locomotive by foot, then by handcar and then by another locomotive.)
* Handcars form part of the chase scene in ''The Great Film/StTrinians Train Robbery''.
* Tonto and a bound and blindfolded Lone Ranger attempt to escape from a train on a handcar at the silver mine in ''Film/TheLoneRanger''.
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Max and the tribe of desert children are racing away from Bartertown on a stolen train. One of them looks back to see a horde of DesertPunk vehicles led by Aunty Entity chasing them as well as her chief of guards Ironbar frantically working a handcar and keeping up with everyone. Having been knocked into pool of pig shit last time we saw him, he's so pissed he clearly doesn't need a methane-powered vehicle.
* Italian comedy ''Le Comiche'' ("The Comic Actors") starts with a silent film with two fat men in a handcar desperately trying to get out of the way of a steam locomotive. They escape by jumping off the screen into the cinema.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DadsArmy'': The climax of "The Royal Train" involves Hodges on a handcar chasing a runaway train with the platoon aboard, so he can throw them the widget they need to stop the train. Then they throw the train into reverse, and it becomes Hodges on a handcar ''fleeing'' a runaway train instead.
* In the Loretta Lynn episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', a mix-up leaves Kermit and Gonzo stranded miles from the train station where the show is temporarily set, and they travel back by handcar. At one point they get chased by a locomotive
* On an early episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Monroe gets an old drasinine running to get him and Nick up an abandoned spur to the monster-of-the-week's lair.
* One of the films with the [[Film/OlsenBanden Olsen Gang]] wreaks havoc to the Danish railway system. While technically not using a handcar, the scene with the unexpected Intercity (luckily on the neighbor rails, unluckily not from the direction expected) clearly is a nod to this trope.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* One of the micro games in ''VideoGame/WarioWare Touched''. Complete with being chased by another handcar, Wario in his car and a train respectively for the different difficulty levels.
** ''Twisted'' too; it's the boss game for the Dribble & Spitz stage.
* A recurring two-player team mini-game in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' is a race between two handcars, where you have to coordinate with your partner to speed up, slow down, and bank around sharp corners.
* The climax of the WildWest world in ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBusterBustsLoose'' has Max and Buster escaping from an oncoming train on a handcar ... which reaches [[Film/BackToTheFuture 88 MPH]].
* ''VideoGame/MagicalTruckAdventure'' is all about this; two plucky kids try to get a magic stone that can transport people between dimensions away from a pair of crooks, and the two groups end up chasing each other in handcars through various other dimensions(all of which inexplicably have train tracks) as they try to get their hands on the stone. The game even comes with custom handcar pump controls.

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* In the ''Website/BrainPOP'' toon "Industrial Revolution", Tim and Moby were using a handcar while discussing about the topic. They later tried to get away from a upcoming train when they're inside a tunnel at the end, though it turns out the train is on another line.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': "Rushing Roulette," with the Road Runner countering the Coyote with a handcar of his own.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'', "Last Train to Gloomsville Part 2".
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'': Scooby and the gang retrace their path on a handcar in finding the trail of dognappers in "Decoy For A Dognapper." This is after Shaggy and Scooby use the handcar to outpace an oncoming train.
-->'''Velma:''' (''after Shaggy imitates a train horn'') We can get along...without...the sound effects...thank you.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' have a variant with Snake-Eyes and Shipwreck on a handcar, being chased by Cobra, but they are occasionally able to get its automatic motor to let it pump by itself for some lengths.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ''WesternAnimation/{{Roland and Rattfink}}'' - Specifically, the episode 'Sweet and Sourdough.'
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode ''Sidetracked'' Perry and his human partner Lyla chase after a hijacked train using a Handcar.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': In "Ridiculous Journey", Blacque Jacque Shellacque uses a handcar to chase the pets after they hop aboard a freight train.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** Towards the end of the episode "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS5E11HauntedHenry Haunted Henry]]", Old Bailey chases after Henry on a handcar to try to warn him about an unsafe viaduct.
** A few other handcars were seen during the CGI era, such as when Sir Topham Hatt was in Misty Island in the episode "Stop that Bus!"
* Towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E31SawdustAndToonsil Sawdust and Toonsil]]", Buster, Babs, and Plucky manage to escape from [[RepulsiveRingmaster Silas Wonder's]] Wonderful Circus of Wonderment with Gogo Dodo and his friends on a handcar, however, they get chased by Silas' engine when he finds out they've escaped. Just before Silas' engine crashes through the handcar, they all jump off, carrying Gogo and each of his friends.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "The good, the Bad and the Tigger", Sheriff Piglet, Rabbit and Eeyore were using one to catch the train Pooh and Tigger stole, but unfortunately didn't know how to slow i down. They ended up hitting Gopher who ends up riding with them and then finally collides with the upcoming train Pooh was in. Pooh and Tigger ended up using parts of it to repair the train later on.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' episode "Trains and Planes", Mr. Bump and Miss Helpful were using one to repair the damage tracks in their segment. Mr. Grumpy later hitched a ride with them towards the end of the episode after being stranded in the lone passenger car was uncoupled by Miss Whoops, but they get chased after her train and ends up crashing into them. They ended up alright, albeit a bit mangled.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' has a bit of deconstruction thrown in. Of course the handcar has to flee from a train sooner or later, but in the end everything, train, handcar, railway, keels over as it was just cardboard backdrop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyPlanets'': In "Tools, Glorious Tools", Bing and Bong hitch a ride on a handcar, and inevitably spend the next few minutes pumping furiously to stay ahead of an oncoming locomotive.
* The climax of the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short ''Timber'' involves a handcar chase with Donald and Pete. Things get crazy when Donald's handcar starts falling apart and he has to keep rolling along the track lest Pete catches up to him.
* In the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'' from "Dr. Seuss on the Loose", the nameless guy used a handcar to get away from Sam-I-Am when the train was inside the tunnel.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'' episode, "I've Been Workin' On Derailroad", Meltman, who is riding an electric train set, screams when he accidentally loses his original nose. The Flesh and Stinky Diver, thinking that Meltman is in trouble, chase after him on a handcar, but The Mayor sets the switch to a dead end, causing them to land in a washing machine.