Definition of railhead in English:

railhead

noun

  • 1A point on a railroad from which roads and other transportation routes begin.

    • ‘Three CAT C - 46s arrived at the northeastern railhead of Udorn, Thailand, on 11 September to begin the airlift.’
    • ‘Before the Kingston / Queenstown road was built goods were taken by steamer or by packhorse from the railhead at Kingston, and this track follows part of the old pack track.’
    • ‘This is because of the inefficiency of transporting heavy goods to a railhead to be loaded on to a train, only for the same expensive operation to be necessary when it is off-loaded at its destination.’
    • ‘With the improvement in roads, cattle and sheep could be loaded at the station reducing the need for droving stock to railheads.’
    • ‘The train stays at the railhead for half an hour, leaving divers with the flexibility of choosing which train they would like to ride back to shore on.’
    • ‘By the 1920s a state-subsidized system of grain elevators, silos, and storage at railheads helped to ease the cycle of glut and scarcity.’
    • ‘Throughout the war, transportation and traction beyond railheads were to remain overwhelmingly horse drawn.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the development of a railhead at Milford is likely to be delayed even further due to mounting opposition by local residents.’
    • ‘If it had only one redeeming quality, it was that it was the closest railhead to Montana.’
    • ‘The little hill station of Kohima, north of Imphal and on the road to the important railhead of Dimapur, was encircled, but held out in an epic siege.’
    • ‘The timber cutters in turn provided extra income for nearby farmers during lean times to transport it to Laura the nearest railhead.’
    • ‘Located at a major railhead, the town was a wool center for the sheep growers in the region.’
    • ‘The closest railhead was hundreds of miles away and, in those early days of aviation, an air drop was out of the question.’
    • ‘Lawful targets also include dual-use objects like bridges, railheads, road networks, and similar transportation infrastructure used both by civilians and by enemy armed forces.’
    • ‘He also hauled back freight from the isolated mountain communities to the railhead.’
    • ‘This was partially due to a lack of technology to concentrate the deeper unoxidized ores and the high cost of transportation to the nearest railhead.’
    • ‘From Delhi, the nearest railhead to Bandhavgarh is Umaria, 35 km away.’
    • ‘He had to endure a 27-mile ride in a springless wagon over rough roads to a railhead at Guiney Station.’
    • ‘Grant's goal was to have his wagons never operate more than a single day's march from their supply depots, usually at railheads or river ports.’
    • ‘Cambrai was an important town as it contained a strategic railhead.’
    1. 1.1 The furthest point reached in constructing a railroad.
      • ‘It had not seen regular use since the days when the Erie Railroad had its railhead above us in the area now occupied by the Newport development.’
      • ‘It remained the railhead and a construction centre until 1933 when the link to the Main Trunk was opened.’
      • ‘Within two years it reached Farina and by 1884 Hergott Springs had become the railhead.’
      • ‘As railroads pushed westward following the Civil War and the demand for beef increased in the East, Texas cowboys began to drive cattle herds north to railheads in Kansas and later Nebraska.’

Pronunciation:

railhead

/ˈrālˌhed/