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pilot engine

noun
1.
a locomotive sent on ahead of a railroad train to see that the way is clear and the track safe.
Origin of pilot engine
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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pilot engine

noun
1.
a locomotive that leads one or more other locomotives at the head of a train of coaches or wagons
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