motor coach


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motor coach (plural motor coaches)

  1. (rail transport) A powered railway vehicle, designed for passenger transport, capable to pull (or push) other railroad cars (compared to a railcar which only consists of a single railway vehicle with a driver's cab at both ends).
    • 1961 March, “Interim report on the Glasgow suburban electric train failures”, in Trains Illustrated, page 175:
      It will be recalled that the units are formed of three-car sets, with driving trailers on either side of the motor coach. The motor coach, which has a nose-suspended motor on each axle, carries the pantograph above the guard's van.
    Synonym: (American English) motorcar
    Antonym: trailer car
  2. Alternative form of motorcoach (a road vehicle)