rail·​head ˈrāl-ˌhed How to pronounce railhead (audio)
: a point on a railroad at which traffic may originate or terminate

Examples of railhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seaports and railheads can ensure high levels of connectivity. Alex Travelli, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 But Ukraine’s airfields, training bases, weapons factories and railheads more or less were safe. David Axe, Forbes, 2 May 2023 Between 1860 and 1890, drovers herded more than four million cattle up the Chisolm Trail to railheads in Kansas so the cattle could be shipped up north. Tamara Gane, Chron, 29 Apr. 2023 Hull acquired the property from his uncle Wes Miller, who had operated a mill on the site since World War I. Located on 28 acres on the east slope of the Coast Range at the end of Dawson Road off Oregon 99W, the property was once a Southern Pacific railhead known as Dawson Station. Tom Henderson | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2022 Many of them have a similar image where they’re encircled by the wagons that are bringing them to the railhead and being guarded. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 The maximum workable distance from a railhead is considered to be 90 to 120 miles. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Location: The nearest airport and railhead are Guwahati, Assam (105 miles). Payal Dhar, Washington Post, 5 July 2019 There was no noticeable railhead except for the one at Lahore. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, 9 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of railhead was in 1835

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“Railhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railhead. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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