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troop train (plural troop trains)

  1. (rail transport, dated) a special passenger train carrying army troops, especially in wartime.
    • 1959, "Steam's Finest Hour", edited by David P. Morgan, Kalmbach Publishing Co., referring to the Southern Pacific GS class 4-8-4s.
      They began life on the glamorous Daylights, keeping a relatively heavy streamliner to time in mountainous territory by day and handling expedited merchandise hotshots at night; in the war they roamed the system from El Paso to Portland, performing herculean feats of mileage with troop trains and overloaded conventional limiteds; and they wound up their days in an exacting, 38-mile commutation service between San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

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