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1 a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
2 the end of the completed track on an unfinished railway

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  1. A point on a railway system where goods are loaded, unloaded or transferred to other transport.
  2. The furthest point on a railroad under construction to which rails have been laid.

Extensive Definition

A railhead is a terminus of a railway line that interfaces with another transport mode, such as shipping.
In the UK, railheading refers to the practice of travelling further than necessary to reach a rail service, typically by car. The phenomenon is common among commuters seeking a more convenient journey. There are a number of reasons why passengers railhead:
  • Discounted fares may be available on another part of the route, but not from their local station - passengers may drive further to benefit from the discount.
  • Where the local station is served less frequently, passengers may drive to a station with a more frequent service. This is often the case on branch lines or at stations where most trains pass through rather than stopping.


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