Definition of mail car in US English:

mail car


North American
  • A railroad car used for transporting mail.

    ‘during the layover, the train is serviced, and mail cars are added’
    • ‘There are seventeen cars: two engines, dorm, two sleepers, diner, lounge, three coaches, and seven mail cars.’
    • ‘Amtrak has sold its mail cars and is getting improved dispatching from the Union Pacific Railroad.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the masked robbers smashed their way into the mail cars and overpowered the four postal workers.’
    • ‘There was even a letter slot in the side of the mail car where letters could be posted at station stops!’
    • ‘The Angus Pavilion is a sprawling warehouse packed with 44 vehicles on exhibit, from Montreal streetcars to steam engines to mail cars.’
    • ‘Also, he mentioned that the mail cars on the rear would be cut off and this might cause a brief power outage in the darkened area of the Union Station.’
    • ‘The postal service had recently added alarms to a few of its mail cars, but these particular carriages weren't in service during the robbery.’
    • ‘Twelve freight cars, two passenger cars, and one mail car derailed and piled up in a mound of twisted metal.’
    • ‘Children can mail their letter to St. Nick from Exporail's vintage mail car.’
    • ‘The train was the same setup as the one coming down from Chicago, one locomotive, three coaches and the mail car trailing.’