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[reyl-hed] /ˈreɪlˌhɛd/
noun, Railroads.
the farthest point to which the rails of a railroad have been laid.
the upper part of a rail, used for supporting and guiding the wheels of railroad cars.
a railroad depot at which supplies are unloaded to be distributed or forwarded by truck or other means.
Origin of railhead
1895-1900; rail1 + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for railhead
  • It consists of a railhead and storage area and an administration and housing area.
  • From the railhead, garbage goes to the landfill on a train.
  • Each railhead town served briefly as the port of embarkation for freight wagons.
  • Again, the camera is looking down at the railhead and the two line lasers can be clearly identified.
  • Northern part of the site-south of the railroad tracks-west of railhead storage area.
  • Batter is the deformation of the surface of the railhead, usually close to or at the end of the rail.
  • Transporting the fossils from quarry to railhead was a major undertaking.
British Dictionary definitions for railhead


a terminal of a railway
the farthest point reached by completed track on an unfinished railway
(military) the point at which material and personnel are transferred from rail to another conveyance
the upper part of a railway rail, on which the traffic wheels run
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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