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See also: rail head
railhead (plural railheads)
- (rail transport) A point on a railway system where goods (or passengers) are loaded, unloaded or transferred to other transport.
- 1961 October, “The winter timetables of British Railways: Western Region”, in Trains Illustrated, pages 590-591:
- The improved service to and from Taunton is fully justified by the passenger patronage to and from this town, which is a railhead for a large surrounding area.
- 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.
- The furthest point on a railroad/railway under construction to which rails have been laid.
- (rail transport) The top surface (head) of a rail.
- Alternative form: rail head
- 2020 December 30, “Network News: Railhead contamination contributed to level crossing near miss”, in Rail, page 10:
- High levels of railhead contamination (which can prevent train predictor systems working correctly) were present in the area - probably as a result of limited operation of the railhead treatment train, according to RAIB.
- (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.