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observation car

a railroad passenger car having a lounge or platform from which the scenery can be viewed.
Origin of observation car
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As the train neared the summit of the pass, the young man on the observation car platform looked at his watch.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • To the front were a baggage and a dining-car and to the rear an observation car.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • Fortune had left vacant for their coming a semi-retired alcove in the observation car.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The artist thought of that moment on the observation car platform.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • They found Langford in the observation car, apparently asleep in a chair.

    Campfire Girls at Twin Lakes Stella M. Francis
  • She muttered something about that ceremony never coming off and departed for the observation car to join the Prince.

    Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson
  • Yet, like a flash, the cashier turned the knob of the door that led out upon the rear platform of the observation car.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
  • You saw the high peaks from the hotel garden and the passes from an observation car.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • For the first few hours they had the observation car to themselves.

  • If he wants to view the scenery en route, the observation car is but a few steps away.

British Dictionary definitions for observation car

observation car

a railway carriage fitted with large expanses of glass to provide a good view of the scenery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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