- 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
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Examples from the Web for observation car
Celia and I went out to sit on the rear platform of the observation-car.Beatrice Leigh at College
Julia Augusta Schwartz
He was forced to remain partially inactive, though he paced from smoking to observation-car time and time again.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
The daddy had no easy time as he watched this tragedy of childhood from the observation-car.Soldier Silhouettes on our Front
William L. Stidger
Determined to be in all ways the complete tourist, I took a rough preliminary survey of Montreal in an 'observation-car.'
Into this rocky wilderness you plunge, and toil through it hour by hour, viewing it from the rear of the Observation-Car.
- a railway carriage fitted with large expanses of glass to provide a good view of the scenery
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