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Glossary of Terms

This short glossary summarizes the general railway terms used on these pages. It is not intended as a full technical glossary of all the differences between British and American railway usage, which would run to many screens.

British usage US usage
Railway Railroad or Railway
Metro or Underground Subway or LRT or Metro
Suburban Railway Commuter Railroad or Metro
Tram Streetcar (traditional) or LRT (modern)
Rack Railway Cog Railway
Funicular Cable Car
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