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railroad car

n. Any railroad vehicle that is not a locomotive.

railroad car

n. a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three cars had jumped the rails" [syn: car, railcar, railway car]

Railroad car

A railroad car or railcar ( American and Canadian English), railway wagon or railway carriage (UK and IUR), is a vehicle used for the carrying of cargo or passengers on a rail transport system (a railroad/railway). Such cars, when coupled together and hauled by one or more locomotives, form a train. Alternatively, some passenger cars are self-propelled in which case they may be either single railcars or make up multiple units.

The term "car" is commonly used by itself in American English when a rail context is implicit. Indian English sometimes uses "bogie" in the same manner, though the term has other meanings in other variants of English.

Although some cars exist for the railroad's own use – for track maintenance purposes, for example – most carry a revenue-earning load of passengers or freight, and may be classified accordingly as passenger cars or coaches on the one hand or freight cars (or wagons) on the other.

Usage examples of "railroad car".

The zoo hadn't started with the bison, though, but with a pair of red deer, given by the director of the railroad car factory.

The ladder that extended from the flatbed railroad car to the top of the cargo container was approaching at what seemed to Giordino as Mach speed.

The red eyes were two lanterns mounted on the rear of a railroad car.

Other artifacts include a Ford Trimotor Tin Goose airplane, a Messerschmitt 262 Swallow, a Pullman Railroad car The Manhattan Limited, an old cast-iron bathtub with an outboard motor attached and a weird-looking inflatable raft with sails and a carved Haida Indian totem pole.

He looked up at the lead-gray underbelly of an ocean of deep, rumbling clouds, and could feel their Union Pacific railroad car being buffeted by the icy northern winds.

Hay stepped into the cool day, which had been co-existing separately from that of the railroad car, whose atmosphere was entirely different, warmer, redolent of railway smells, as well as of a galley where a Negro chef in a tall white cap performed miracles with terrapin.

He was kept locked in the railroad car by the Germans, but the fire had by then reached the Boulevard Tirlemont facing the railroad station and he could see “.