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=http://www.yaxham-light-railway.fsnet.co.uk/Rolling_Stock/rolling_stock.html |title=Yaxham Light Railway rolling stock page] [cite web |url=http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50208215?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=rolling-stock&first=1&max_to_show=10 |title=Definition of "rolling stock" from the Oxford English Dictionary accessed 5 February 2007(subscription service) ] [cite web |url=http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/rollingstock?view=uk |title=Definition of "rolling stock" from the Concise Oxford Dictionary] [cite web |url=http://www.bartleby.com/61/0/R0290000.html |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=http://www.rgsonline.co.uk/docushare/dsweb/Get/Rail-33193/Gn2571.pdf |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.
Great Britain, types of rolling stock were given code names, often of animals, such as "Toad" for a Great Western Railwaygoods brake van[http://www.greatwestern.org.uk/stockcode.htm] . These codes were Telegrapheseand were analagous to the SMS languageof today. British Railwayswagons used for track maintenance were named after fish, e.g. "Dogfish" for a ballast hopper [http://www.btinternet.com/~second_engineering/fishkinds_and_tops.htm] .
List of railway vehicles
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
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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