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Railroad Terminology: General Reference (everything from ALCO to Zig-Zag)

Railroads, Railways, Rail Transport (moving passengers, freight, etc. by rail)

Rapid Transit (subways, elevated systems, urban, light rail)



Steam Locomotive Tender

Steam Locomotive Classification: The Whyte Notation/System

Diesel Locomotive

Rolling Stock

Passenger Cars

BoxcarTank Car Hopper FlatcarGondolaCaboose

Railroad Construction:

Track Gauge RailTie Spike Ballast Fishplate

Switch (frog, points, turnouts, etc.) Siding

Cuts and Fills Maintenance Of Way

Railroad Communications:

Telegraph – Telegram

Western Union Morse Code Teletype

Train Orders

Centralized Traffic Control

Direct Traffic Control

Track Warrant

SignalWigwagGrade Crossing

Railroad Workers:

On Trains:EngineerConductorFireman (Boilerman)Brakeman

On The Ground: DispatcherStation AgentTrainmaster

Railroad Buildings:

Train Station (depot) Roundhouse

Rail Companies (North America): Class IClass IIClass III

Southern Pacific Railroad Amtrak

Railroad Hobbies, Recreations & Diversions:

Model Railroading Toy Trains Garden Railways

Railroad MuseumsPhotography, Trainspotting, Railfans

Tourist Railroads (including Heritage Railways, Railroad Preservation)

Live Steam Collecting RailroadianaThomas The Tank Engine