railhead

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rail +‎ head

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railhead (plural railheads)

  1. (rail transport) A point on a railway system where goods are loaded, unloaded or transferred to other transport.
    • 2019 October, John Glover, “Heathrow rail expansion”, in Modern Railways, page 71:
      It would also offer an important opportunity to move construction materials in bulk, using a new railhead.
  2. The furthest point on a railroad/railway under construction to which rails have been laid.
  3. (military) An area of hostile territory at the end of a rail line that, when captured, serves for the continuous movement into position of further troops and material.

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