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Princeton's WordNet

  1. car, railcar, railway car, railroad car(noun)

    a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad

    "three cars had jumped the rails"


  1. railcar(Noun)

    A self-propelled railroad vehicle for passengers.

  2. railcar(Noun)

    Any railway carriage or wagon, a railroad car.


  1. Railcar

    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, 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 motorized 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, or in some cases electric multiple unit. In North America the term "railcar" has a much broader meaning, and the term is used to refer to any kind of railroad car, including unpowered freight cars. This article concerns only the British and Australian English meaning of the term.5

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