Category: Rail Operations_Metrolink

BILEVEL CAR

A rail car that has two levels for passenger accommodations. The upper level may extend through the entire length of the car or only over a part of it; this level is sometimes restricted to seated passenger only. Bilevel cars…

CAB SIGNAL TERRITORY

That part of the Mainline where cab signals govern train movement and speed.

CAR, TRAILER

1. An unpowered rail car operated in trains with powered cars (rapid transit) or towed by locomotives (regional rail). 2. In some rail rapid transit systems, a trailer may be powered; however, it does not have operator’s control and thus…

COMMUTATION TICKET

In rail systems, a ticket sold at a reduced rate for a fixed on unlimited number of trips in a designated area during a specified time period. (TRB)

COMMUTER RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM

A passenger railroad service that operates within metropolitan areas on trackage that usually is part of the general railroad system. The operations, primarily for commuters, are generally run as part of a regional system that is publicly owned or by…

CONSIST

The number and specified identity of rail vehicles that make up a train. (NTSC) (When pronouncing this term the first syllable [con] should be emphasized).

CONTINUOUS WELDED RAIL (CWR)

Rail consisting of pieces welded together into long lengths, thus reducing rail joints. Provides smoother ride and less maintenance expense than rail with bolted joints. Rail strings can be as long as the distance between switches or insulated joints, often…

COUPLER

A device located at each end of each car and locomotive which mechanically connects cars/locomotives together. It is made of cast steel and roughly resembles a right hand. In transit applications, the coupler also connects the electrical and air systems…