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Glossary o rail transport terms

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Rail terminology is a form o technical terminology. The difference atween the American term railroad an the internaitional term railway (uised bi the Internaitional Union o Railways an Inglis-speakin countries ootside the United States) is the maist significant difference in rail terminology. Thare are an aw others, due tae the parallel development o rail transport seestems in different pairts o the warld.

Various global terms are presented here; whaur a term haes multiple names, this is indicated. The abbreviation "UIC" refers tae standard terms adoptit bi the Internaitional Union o Railways in its offeecial publications an thesaurus.

Hivy rail
Inglis, Heavy rail. In the Unitit Kinrick, heavy rail refers to conventional railweys forming part of the national network, including commuter, intercity, high-speed rail, rural and freight services, as distinct from metro, light rail and tram lines, people movers and similar.
Overhead Line Equipment. An owerheid line supplying current to electric trains or trams.