Rolling stock

Rolling stock is the collective term that describes all the vehicles that move on a railway. It usually includes both powered and unpowered vehicles, for example locomotives, railroad cars, coaches and wagons. [cite web |url= |title=Yaxham Light Railway rolling stock page] [cite web |url= |title=Definition of "rolling stock" from the Oxford English Dictionary accessed 5 February 2007 (subscription service) ] [cite web |url= |title=Definition of "rolling stock" from the Concise Oxford Dictionary] [cite web |url= |title=Definition from the American Heritage Dictionary] However, the term is sometimes used to refer only to non-powered vehicles; specifically, excluding locomotives [cite web |url= |title=Network Rail guidance for storage and recommissioning of Traction and Rolling Stock] which may be referred to as "running stock".

The term contrasts with fixed stock (infrastructure), which is a collective term for the track, signals, stations, other buildings, etc, necessary to operate a railway.

Code names

In Great Britain, types of rolling stock were given code names, often of animals, such as "Toad" for a Great Western Railway goods brake van [] . These codes were Telegraphese and were analagous to the SMS language of today. British Railways wagons used for track maintenance were named after fish, e.g. "Dogfish" for a ballast hopper [] .

See also

* List of railway vehicles

col1 =
*Docklands Light Railway rolling stock
*Ffestiniog Railway rolling stock
*List of preserved Southern Pacific Railroad rolling stock
*London Underground rolling stock
*Naming of British railway rolling stock
*New York City Subway rolling stock
col2 =
*Rolling stock of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
*Washington Metro rolling stock
*Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
*Toronto subway and RT rolling stock


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