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wrecking car

noun, Railroads.
a car that is equipped as a wrecker.
Compare wrecker (def 2).
Origin of wrecking car
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “The wrecking car is going to the bridge, Fairbanks,” said the official.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • Here, men,” he called to his assistants on the wrecking car, “fetch this fellow into the shanty yonder.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • The best thing to do is to get a wrecking car here; meantime, the trestle should be guarded.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • This occurred under the lee of a cliff, so we went in search with wrecking car the next day.

  • It consisted of a wrecking car, a caboose, and one coach with tender and engine.

    Robert Hardy's Seven Days

    Charles Monroe Sheldon

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