Express train

An express train is a type of passenger train that makes a small number of stops between its origin and destination stations, usually major destinations, allowing faster service than local trains that stop at most or all of the stations along their route.[1][2][3][4] They are sometimes referred to as "fast trains" (or an equivalent term, such as the German Schnellzug), meaning that they are faster than other trains on the same route.[5] Though many high-speed rail services are express, not all express trains are "fast" relative to other services; early trains in the 19th-century United Kingdom were categorized as express trains as long as they had a "journey speed" of at least 40 miles per hour (64 km/h).[6][7] Express trains sometimes have higher fares than other routes, and bearers of a rail pass may be required to pay an extra fee. First class may be the only one available. Some express train routes that overlap with local train service may stop at stations near the tail ends of the line. This can be done, for example, where there is no supplemental local service to those stations. Express train routes may also become local when it is most practical to do so, such as during the night.

Amtrak's Acela makes a limited number of stops between Washington, D.C. and Boston, allowing it to travel between these cities faster than local trains.
The red trains are local, the blue trains are express
Ball Signal USA (1830) "High ball"

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  1. ^ "express train". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Definition of 'express train'". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  3. ^ the editorial staff of the National Reporter System, ed. (1914). Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases - Second Series. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co. p. 791 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "How to Ride the Subway". Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Cases Decided in the Court of Session, Court of Justiciary, and House of Lords, From August 3, 1893, to August 25, 1894. Vol. Fourth Series, Volume XXI. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, Law Booksellers. 1894. pp. 767–768 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Foxwell, E. (1884). English Express Trains. London: Edward Stanford. p. 60 – via Internet Archive. express train definition.
  7. ^ Foxwell, E.; Farrer, T.C. (1889). Express Trains, English and Foreign. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 93 – via Internet Archive. express train definition.

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