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light engine

a railway locomotive in motion without drawing any carriages or wagons US equivalent wildcat
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  • Three miles east of Davis they were overhauled by the light engine.

    The Nerve of Foley Frank H. Spearman
  • They had a light engine out on the tank track and were filling her with water.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • A light engine slid through the station, and he caught a glimpse of young Barton in the cab.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • The agent came on unusually early and endeavored to arrange for a light engine to carry the superintendent back to the Junction.

    The Last Spike Cy Warman
  • The out train was hours late, but a light engine ran up from the Crossing and brought the doctor down.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • The light engine has now been so enormously improved, that it comes near to developing one horse-power for every pound of weight.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • The light engine was to go on until it should "pick up" the delayed train between stations.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • It was a light engine, very compact in appearance, carrying the water and fuel upon the same wheels as the engine.

  • Up ahead of us, and too far away for me to read the number on her tender, there was a light engine.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde

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