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observation car

a railroad passenger car having a lounge or platform from which the scenery can be viewed.
Origin of observation car
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Conniston's eyes were alert, fixed upon the passageway from the observation-car rather than on the view from his window.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • Celia and I went out to sit on the rear platform of the observation-car.

    Beatrice Leigh at College Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • They did it and, for a wonder, found the rear platform of the second observation-car unoccupied.

    A Romance in Transit Francis Lynde
  • He was forced to remain partially inactive, though he paced from smoking to observation-car time and time again.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The daddy had no easy time as he watched this tragedy of childhood from the observation-car.

  • Into this rocky wilderness you plunge, and toil through it hour by hour, viewing it from the rear of the observation-car.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
  • Determined to be in all ways the complete tourist, I took a rough preliminary survey of Montreal in an 'observation-car.'

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
  • They did not stay long in the observation-car when they went back to it after dinner.

  • The girl was passing down the long narrow hallway leading by the smoking-car, evidently seeking the observation-car.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • In the meantime, the two young people in the observation-car were making hard work of it.

    A Romance in Transit Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for observation-car

observation car

a railway carriage fitted with large expanses of glass to provide a good view of the scenery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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