rolling stock



the wheeled vehicles of a railroad, including locomotives, freight cars, and passenger cars.

Also stock.

Origin of rolling stock

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rolling stock

Historical Examples of rolling stock

  • A large amount of rolling-stock was lying there, as five freight trains had brought up material for the new bridge the day before.

    The Half-Hearted

    John Buchan

  • Here was a great deal of rolling-stock—scores of cars and many engines.

  • It would have grieved the management to hear this faithful employé's denunciation of that particular item of their rolling-stock.

    Ray's Daughter

    Charles King

  • The railway is ably managed, but when I travelled on it in 1904 much of the rolling-stock needed renewal.

  • The track and rolling-stock of the Sabana railway are, as might be expected, of the most primitive kind.

British Dictionary definitions for rolling stock

rolling stock


the wheeled vehicles collectively used on a railway, including the locomotives, passenger coaches, freight wagons, guard's vans, etc
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