rail·​car | \ ˈrāl-ˌkär How to pronounce railcar (audio) \

Definition of railcar

1 : a railroad car
2 : a self-propelled railroad car

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Several railcars landed on Interstate 5, killing three people and injuring more than 60 others on Dec. 18, 2017. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 Photo: robin van lonkhuijsen/epa-efe/re/Shutterstock Europe’s next step will be arranging trucks, ships and railcars that can be summoned on short notice, officials say. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO Dusts Off a Cold War Skill: Moving Troops," 24 Oct. 2018 The commuter railroad is currently accepting proposals from companies interested in building at least 200 new railcars. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Proposed ban on buying Chinese buses, rail cars could curtail job growth at Southeast Side factory," 5 Aug. 2019 During the presentation, the mashup EV managed to pull 10 railcars a total distance of 1,000 feet. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Ford F-150 EV pickup prototype tows more than 1 million pounds in a demonstration," 23 July 2019 When the sphinx reached Philadelphia, the block was too heavy to unload on the docks, so the ship moved upriver to Port Richmond where a crane unloaded it onto a railcar at the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company cargo terminal. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Penn Museum Just Floated a 12-Ton Sphinx Out a Window," 13 June 2019 Opened in 2008, the Cherokee facility was designed to build a wide variety of railcar types. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "FreightCar closing Virginia plant, moving jobs to Alabama," 25 July 2019 Speaking of dessert, don’t miss 2-year-old Earth & Sky Chocolates, one of the few remaining businesses in one of the depot railcars downtown. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Napa Valley weekend: Calistoga wining, dining and spas," 29 June 2019 The owners of railcars and barges will have to pay interest on these even if parked on sidings or tied to river banks for months on end. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of railcar

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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