rail·​car | \ˈrāl-ˌkär \

Definition of railcar 

1 : a railroad car

2 : a self-propelled railroad car

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Working from a converted railcar, chefs Rico Torres and Diego Galicia take deep dives into regional Mexican cooking with multicourse prix fixe menus. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 On September 3rd a photo of Chinese Type 99 main battle tanks and Type 86 infantry fighting vehicles headed to Russia on flatbed railcars appeared on Twitter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s 'Vostok' Exercise Will Be The Largest Since the Cold War," 5 Sep. 2018 Trailers and railcars were flipped and a static freezer that held 24 million pounds of pork was heavily damaged. Fox News, "Volunteers provide food, care in wake of Iowa tornadoes," 21 July 2018 The railcar and boat -- one of which took Jewish people to their deaths at the hands of Nazis, the other a lifesaver that ferried 7,700 people to safety -- had been displayed outdoors for years, vulnerable to Houston's weather. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Holocaust Museum's big artifacts take flight," 31 May 2018 Railroads operate under a simple premise: share railcars and everyone wins. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "America’s Boxcar Pool Has a Leak in CSX," 10 June 2018 Meanwhile, private railcars continue to change hands, albeit slowly. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Train Buffs Are Traveling Cross-Country in Super Luxe Railcars Hitched to Amtrak Trains," 22 Mar. 2018 Today visitors can tour the home and Flagler's private railcar, Railcar No. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "Palm Beach, Florida Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, Shop, Drink, and Be Seen," 6 Feb. 2017 If Metro fails to meet the Dec. 31 deadline, the Federal Transit Administration said last week that hundreds of the new stainless steel railcars must be pulled from service. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro asks FTA to reconsider year-end deadline for installing safety barriers to 7000-series trains," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of railcar

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of railcar was in 1833

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