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slip-carriage Line breaks: slip-carriage
(also slip-coach)

Definition of slip-carriage in English:


British historical
A railway carriage on an express which could be detached so as to come to rest at a station where the rest of the train did not stop.
Example sentences
  • Some trains had up to three slip-coaches and each one was identified by the way these lamps were displayed.
  • You do not wish to be a slip-carriage, which, when the couplings are unfastened, runs for a little behind the express, but gets slower and slower till it comes to a stand.
  • At the same time the vacuum brakes on the slip portion are partially applied, and the slip carriage gradually loses speed as the main train proceeds on its journey.

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