A railcar, in British English and Australian English, is a self-propelled railway vehicle designed to transport passengers. The term "railcar" is usually used in reference to a train consisting of a single coach (carriage, car), with a driver's cab at one or both ends. Some railways, e.g., the Great Western Railway, used the term Railmotor. If it is able to pull a full train, it is rather called a motor coach or a motor car.
In its simplest form it may be little more than a motorised version of a railway handcar, sometimes called a speeder.
The term is sometimes also used as an alternative name for the small types of multiple unit which consist of more than one coach. The term is used more generally now in Ireland to refer to any diesel multiple unit (DMU), or in some cases electric multiple unit (EMU).
In North America the term “railcar” has a much broader meaning, and the term is used to refer to any kind of railway carriage, including unpowered goods wagons.
n. 1 A self-propelled railroad vehicle for passengers. 2 Any railway carriage or wagon, a railroad car.
Usage examples of "railcar".
He had been with the Kaliningrad through its five years of construction, since the first beam of structural titanium had arrived from the west by railcar.
After that he bought a dining car, and then an Art Deco club car, and then a private railcar that had belonged to a textile magnate.
Yankee troops poured southward and spread their camps along the Rapidan's northern bank while, south of the river in Gordonsville, the railcars brought fresh rebel troops from Richmond.
The long rails slewed sideways and the railcar leapt free, plowing into the roadbed with a shower of gravel and a chorus of screams.