Definition of multiple unit in English:

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multiple unit

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A diesel or electric passenger train of two or more carriages powered by integral motors which drive a number of axles throughout the train.
Example sentences
  • He said that the new train needed to have ‘head end’ power, not underfloor engines which other diesels' multiple units use.
  • Normally the privately - run Wensleydale Railway operates diesel multiple units between Leeming Bar, Bedale, Leyburn and Redmire, but its staff have restored four Mark 2 coaches and a Pullman car for use this summer.
  • It was opened in 1992 to serve the new fleet of BREL-built Class 159 diesel multiple units being introduced by British Rail's Network SouthEast business.
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