Railroads and Trains Vocabulary Word List (249)

A)Abandon, Accident, Adequate, Aid, All aboard!, All-clear, Amtrak, Appeal, Automation, Axle
B)Ballast, Bankrupt, Baron, Billow, Blocks, Blue-collar, Boiler, Bolt, Brake, Brakeman, Branch line, Buff
C)Cab, Caboose, Call, Cargo, Carry, Cars, Chugged, Circuit, Cities, Class, Clerk, Coaches, Coal, Colored-light, Comfort, Communication, Commute, Commuter, Competition, Conductor, Conglomerate, Connect, Consolidation, Container, Controls, Coolies, Corporation, Costs, Coupler, Crew, Cross-tie, Crossing, Culture, Curve
D)Denim, Derail, Detection, Device, Diesel, Dining car, Direction, Discontinue, Disputes, Distance, Double-deck, Downhill
E)Efficient, Electric, Elevated, Engine, Engineer, Equipment, Express, Extend, Extent
F)Fast, Fast-track, Federal, Finances, Fireman, Fish-plate, Flange, Flatcar, Freight, Frontier, Fuel, Future
G)Gangs, Gas-turbine, Gauge, Government, Grade, Grant
H)Hauling, Heavy, High-speed, Historical, History, Hobby, Hopper car, Hotbox, Hydraulics
I)Immigrants, Industry, Inefficient, Inspection, Interchange, Intercity
J)Jam, Job, Joint bar, Journal box, Journey, Junction
K)Keen, Keep
L)Label, Labor, Linking, Locomotive, Long-distance, Luxurious
M)Machinery, Mail, Main-line, Maintenance, Major, Mediate, Merge, Metro, Metro-liner, Model, Money, Monopoly, Monorail, Multiple track
N)Network, Nonstop
O)Oil-burning, Operation, Order, Overall, Overheat, Overuse
P)Passenger, Passion, Piggyback service, Popular, Power, Precaution, Private car, Profit, Provide, Public, Puff, Pull, Pullman
Q)Quality, Quantity, Query, Quest
R)Rail car, Railroad, Rails, Rate, Redirect, Refrigeration, Registration, Regulate, Repair, Retarder, Rights, Roadbed, Rolling stock, Route, Run, Running
S)Safety, Scanner, Seats, Security, Semaphore, Serve, Service, Settlers, Shape, Shipping, Shop, Sidings, Sight see, Signal, Size, Sleek, Sleeping car, Smoke, Speed, Spike, Stable, Standard, Standard, Station, Steam, Steam-power, Steel, Stop, Strength, Strike, Subway, Switch, System
T)Technology, Terminal, TGV, Ticket, Toil, Tough, Town, Track, Traffic, Transcontinental, Transportation, Traveler, Tunnel
U)Uncouple, Unions, Unprofitable, Uphill
V)Vanderbilt, Vibration, Vision, Vital
W)Weather, Weight, Weld, Westward, Wheel, Whistle, Whistle stop, Work rules, Worker, Worldwide, Worn, Wreck
Z)Zeal, Zephyr
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Kinds of cars on passenger trains: baggage, bar, chair, club, dining, dome, lounge, parlor, sleeping, tavern
Trains cross, valleys, mountain ranges, plains, rivers, bodies of water, hills, steep grades

Railroads and Trains Initials stand for:
TRAIN= Telerail Automated Information Network
ACI = Automatic Car Identification
CTC =Centralizes Traffic Control
ICC = Interstate Commerce Commission

Large line-haul companies: Burlington Northern, Inc., ConRail, the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway; the Southern Pacific Company and the Missouri Pacific System
Unions: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, etc.

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