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Hand car races lining up for Rail FestTell North Platte what you think
 
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Tracks are taking shape east of the observation tower.

Handcar races are among the events taking shape for the annual Rail Fest celebration in September.

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This year, handcar races will be held Saturday Sept. 21 at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitorís Center.

Handcars are relics of railroad history, flatbeds on steel wheels that miners and track crews propelled with a hand pump.

A racing team consists of five members ó a pusher and four pumpers. With pumpers standing on a stationary car, the pusher squats behind it and pushes to get it going. The pumpers then drive the car by working the lever bar. Each race is a 500-foot run against the clock.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/23/2013
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