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noun Railroads.
  1. the farthest point to which the rails of a railroad have been laid.
  2. the upper part of a rail, used for supporting and guiding the wheels of railroad cars.
  3. a railroad depot at which supplies are unloaded to be distributed or forwarded by truck or other means.
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Origin of railhead

First recorded in 1895–1900; rail1 + head
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Examples from the Web for railhead

Historical Examples of railhead

  • Valladolid—railhead, frontier-town—is the back of beyond in Yucatan.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • We discovered that we were bound for Poulainville, a railhead near Amiens.

    A Company of Tanks

    W. H. L. Watson

  • The run from Souastre to the railhead at Saulty was uneventful.

  • His groom, beaming welcome, met him at the railhead with the horses.

  • Lyttelton has his own brigade, and Barton's brigade covers the railhead at Chieveley.

    Lessons of the War

    Spenser Wilkinson

British Dictionary definitions for railhead


  1. a terminal of a railway
  2. the farthest point reached by completed track on an unfinished railway
  3. military the point at which material and personnel are transferred from rail to another conveyance
  4. the upper part of a railway rail, on which the traffic wheels run
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