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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAILROAD

"We'd better go to the railroad depot, Mr. Dunham," he said.

I feared rough usage at the railroad, and rougher associations.

I was given a letter to Leadbitter, and immediately started on foot for the railroad.

My reasons for not wanting to go to the railroad to work were good.

Here is a Railroad Accident, such as you have often wished to see.

The railroad can do it, to restrain its employees from striking.

"You said the railroad," grumbled the man who had spoken before.

We tore to the railroad depot, but the train was just going out.

And they sed, "Wall, Mr. Hoskins, we're surveyin' fer the railroad."

She remembered that a railroad, leading to Canada, ran between Springton and the lake.

WORD ORIGIN

1757, from rail (n.1) + road. Originally "road laid with rails for heavy wagons (in mining)." The process itself (but not the word) seems to have been in use by late 17c. Application to passenger and freight trains dates from 1825, though tending to be replaced in this sense in England by railway.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RAILROAD

accelerate

verbincrease speed, timing
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