Definition of freight car in English:

freight car


North American
  • A railway wagon for carrying freight.

    • ‘Chalk was important to yard operations for without it switching freight cars in marshalling yards would have been slower and much more difficult.’
    • ‘The daily number of loaded freight cars is an important index to the efficiency and economic benefits of railway freight transport, said an official with the ministry.’
    • ‘Except for very short runs on main tracks, remote-controlled locomotives are almost exclusively confined to switching yards where freight cars are assembled into trains.’
    • ‘And inside the building was a roomful of clerks, who handled the paperwork that accompanied every freight car on its trip across the country.’
    • ‘More than 4000 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled from a freight car; firefighters prevented a disastrous blaze from igniting.’
    • ‘Two steel car ferries were ordered in 1889, each capable of carrying 16 freight cars on two tracks.’
    • ‘A covered freight car, the kind that often carries automobiles, suffered slight damage.’
    • ‘The common gondola car is a freight car with low sides and ends, a solid floor, and no roof.’
    • ‘Ford felt like he was trying to push a freight car.’
    • ‘A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car.’
    • ‘The diesel has four times the mass of the freight car.’
    • ‘I slid open the sliding door of the freight car we were traveling in.’
    • ‘All of these images are from the sides of boxcars, coal cars, miscellaneous freight cars and a caboose.’
    • ‘Since Terry's pioneer book on Union Pacific freight cars appeared, similar volumes have been written on the cars of several other railroads.’
    • ‘The system requires railroads to shift freight cars at 12 miles per hour between 57 rail yards around the area.’
    • ‘On the return trip the empty cars are handled like any other freight car in captive service.’
    • ‘Self-propelled freight cars could be used for a direct point-to-point delivery of small freight quantities.’
    • ‘The woman was turning her vehicle in the wide freight car to face the open double doors.’
    • ‘It is believed that the pig might have escaped from a freight car.’
    • ‘Extended sills are sometimes installed below freight doors to narrow the gap between the building and the freight car.’


freight car