What is locomotive?

  • (noun): A wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks.
    Synonyms: engine, locomotive engine, railway locomotive
    See also — Additional definitions below


A locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine, first used in the early 19th century to distinguish between mobile and stationary steam engines.

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Some articles on locomotive:

Norris Locomotive Works - Demise
... Richard Norris and Son was the largest locomotive maker in the United States, if not the world, during the 1850s ... The property lay idle until the adjacent Baldwin Locomotive Works (which had surpassed Norris as the largest locomotive builder in the US) acquired the ...
Novelty (locomotive)
... Novelty was an early steam locomotive built by John Ericsson and John Braithwaite to take part in the Rainhill Trials in 1829 ... It was an 0-2-2WT locomotive and is now regarded as the very first tank engine ...
Norris Locomotive Works
... The Norris Locomotive Works was a steam locomotive manufacturing company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that produced nearly one thousand railroad ... It was the dominant American locomotive producer during most of that period, and sold its popular 4-2-0 engines to European railways ...
Locomotive - Gallery
... High-speed Gauge Stations Trains Locomotives Rolling stock Companies History Attractions Terminology By country Accidents ...
Norris Locomotive Works - Growth and Success
... history occurred on July 10, 1836, when the Norris Brothers ran a test of a 4-2-0 locomotive on the Belmont Inclined Plane of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad ... engine, the first in the world to ascend a hill by its own power, proved that a steam locomotive could climb a grade while pulling a load ... the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, this 4-2-0 engine was the world's first locomotive to feature a leading truck and may have been the first ...

More definitions of "locomotive":

  • (adj): Of or relating to locomotion.
    Synonyms: locomotor

Famous quotes containing the word locomotive:

    I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the box house hills and cry.
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926)

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    James A. Garfield (1831–1881)