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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rolling stock
▪ A £300 million contract to build rolling stock has been won by GEC-Alsthom.
▪ A new engineering base is being established at Churston where rolling stock will be maintained and serviced.
▪ But engineers think that the kind of lightweight rolling stock increasingly used on the network will remain vulnerable to autumn leaves.
▪ For reasons explained in the rolling stock chapter, they were not entirely satisfactory and were returned at the end of 1923.
▪ Railways needed locomotives, rolling stock and signalling equipment, besides rails and bridges.
▪ The railroads needed them to keep their rolling stock rolling.
▪ The West Coast main line was electrified in the 1960s and much rolling stock is 15 to 20 years old.
▪ The yard was a desert of flint chips and rolling stock that was almost extinct.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rolling stock

Rolling \Roll"ing\, a.

  1. Rotating on an axis, or moving along a surface by rotation; turning over and over as if on an axis or a pivot; as, a rolling wheel or ball.

  2. Moving on wheels or rollers, or as if on wheels or rollers; as, a rolling chair.

  3. Having gradual, rounded undulations of surface; as, a rolling country; rolling land. [U.S.] Rolling bridge. See the Note under Drawbridge. Rolling circle of a paddle wheel, the circle described by the point whose velocity equals the velocity of the ship. --J. Bourne. Rolling fire (Mil.), a discharge of firearms by soldiers in line, in quick succession, and in the order in which they stand. Rolling friction, that resistance to motion experienced by one body rolling upon another which arises from the roughness or other quality of the surfaces in contact. Rolling mill, a mill furnished with heavy rolls, between which heated metal is passed, to form it into sheets, rails, etc. Rolling press.

    1. A machine for calendering cloth by pressure between revolving rollers.

    2. A printing press with a roller, used in copperplate printing.

      Rolling stock, or Rolling plant, the locomotives and vehicles of a railway.

      Rolling tackle (Naut.), tackle used to steady the yards when the ship rolls heavily.
      --R. H. Dana, Jr.

rolling stock

n. 1 (context railroads uncountable collectively English) all vehicles that move on a railway, powered or unpowered. 2 (context countable less common English) any such vehicle.

rolling stock

n. collection of wheeled vehicles owned by a railroad or motor carrier

Rolling stock

The term rolling stock originally referred to any vehicles that move on a railway. It has since expanded to include the wheeled vehicles used by businesses on roadways. It usually includes both powered and unpowered vehicles, for example locomotives, railroad cars, coaches, and wagons.

Rolling Stock (newspaper)

Rolling Stock was a newspaper of ideas and a chronicler of the 1980s published in Boulder, Colorado by Ed Dorn and Jennifer Dunbar Dorn. The paper had a regional motif, but featured correspondents covering the world, including Woody Haut on Labor, John Daley on Law, Roger Echo-Hawk on Native American Affairs, Nick Sedgwick on Golf, Stan Brakhage on Film, Jane Brakhage on Lump Gulch, Dick Dillof in Montana, Lucía Berlin in California, Tom Raworth, London and Cambridge, Fielding Dawson, New York; Jeremy Prynne, English Letters, Marilyn Krysl in China, James Inskeep, Southern Colorado, Tom Clark, Southern California, and Bob Lewis, Akron, Ohio and Abroad.

Graphics were regularly supplied by Tom Clark, John Dunbar and Ann Mikolowski among many others.

Rolling stock (Thomas & Friends)

This article lists and details the increasing amount of rolling stock that have featured in the UK children's television series Thomas & Friends.

A large number of different railway wagons, trucks and coaches have appeared through the TV series' run, over the years. In many episodes, coaches or trucks are the key to the plot line of the show. The Fat Controller's Engines prefer coaches, which are smooth-running and truly well-behaved. The trucks (including some wagons), on the other hand, are generally trouble.

In the television series, there are Green and Red Express Coaches (mainly on The Main Line), Red and Orange branch line coaches (mostly found on other secondary lines of the NWR).

As for Wagons and Trucks of the NWR, there are various Vent Vans (aka, Boxcars in the US Dub), Salt Wagons, Flatbeds, Tank Wagons and of course Troublesome Trucks).

Usage examples of "rolling stock".

The Florilegium now had more rolling stock than it had adult males for drivers, because Fitzfarris was always out ahead of the show and Hannibal, at the rear of it, had to guide both Peggy and the horse drawing the bull-pup cannon.

Along the entire route of several hundred miles, the tracks had been cleared and all the available rolling stock in the Southeast had been assembled for the movement.

Initially it will use converted pickup trucks for engines and whatever can be improvised for rolling stock.

In America, the rolling stock can be as wide as 10'10' and as high as 16'2.

In these man-made caverns were three hundred T-55 tanks, built in the mid-1960s and never used, but rather stored here to defend against an invasion from China, along with a further two hundred BTR-60 wheeled infantry carriers, plus all the other rolling stock for a Soviet-pattern tank division.

The Mercedes people were intelligent enough to realize this and so they had plowed their big black-and-yellow slab of concrete through a few million dollars' worth of rolling stock, gone over the creepily silent high-speed films, and made a few changes.