One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A railway train carrying a corpse to or from a funeral. Now rare.
2A railway train carrying people to their deaths, or on which many people die because of harsh conditions; specifically a train used to transport people to a Nazi concentration camp.
Late 18th century (in an earlier sense). From death + train.
death train/ˈdɛθ treɪn/
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