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EtymologyEdit

train +‎ load

NounEdit

trainload (plural trainloads)

  1. (rail transport) The amount that can be transported by a train.
    • 1961 April, “Talking of Trains”, in Trains Illustrated, page 195:
      A surprisingly technical question from the audience on the possibility of working coal traffic in more substantial trainloads from pit to power station elicited the answer that the N.E.R. had hopes of more circuit working with specially designed high-capacity wagons on the style of the bogie 56-tonners used for the ore traffic between Tyne Dock and Consett, [...].
  2. (by extension) A large amount.
    You just bought yourself a trainload of trouble. I think you're now in over your head.
    • 1926, Gerald William Bullett, The Baker's Cart: And Other Tales, page 164:
      A shudder ran through Mr. Binnacle. Better a whole trainload of invigilators than this grotesque and solitary persecutor!
    • 2012, Mary Seaton, Tales From The Sand Hills, page 47:
      They were peculiar people, slow. Well more backwards I think, probably a bit retarded. Well very retarded actually - the father had a few 'roos loose in the top paddock but the mother had a whole trainload.

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