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railhead

[reyl-hed] /ˈreɪlˌhɛd/
noun, Railroads.
1.
the farthest point to which the rails of a railroad have been laid.
2.
the upper part of a rail, used for supporting and guiding the wheels of railroad cars.
3.
a railroad depot at which supplies are unloaded to be distributed or forwarded by truck or other means.
Origin of railhead
1895-1900
1895-1900; rail1 + head
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  • The Samarra fighting, these railhead battles, was the last organized campaign which the Turk fought.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • The run from Souastre to the railhead at Saulty was uneventful.

    The Romance of the Red Triangle Arthur Keysall Yapp
  • Wounded at Sheikh Saad in January, 1916, he had returned in time for the three railhead battles.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • His groom, beaming welcome, met him at the railhead with the horses.

  • At length the railhead is reached—from here the rumble of the guns can be heard—and the detrainment takes place.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • Lyttelton has his own brigade, and Barton's brigade covers the railhead at Chieveley.

    Lessons of the War Spenser Wilkinson
  • I have now selected two campaigns, those for railhead and for Tekrit, and made a straightforward narrative.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • We finally bivouacked not far from the railhead, and reached the station of Mamouré early the following morning.

    A Kut Prisoner H. C. W. Bishop
  • Each engine must first of all haul enough water to carry it to railhead and back, besides a reserve against accidents.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • So he mounted and rode off through a gray, murky drizzle, to the railhead about eight miles away.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
British Dictionary definitions for railhead

railhead

/ˈreɪlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a terminal of a railway
2.
the farthest point reached by completed track on an unfinished railway
3.
(military) the point at which material and personnel are transferred from rail to another conveyance
4.
the upper part of a railway rail, on which the traffic wheels run
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