The Info List - Rolling Stock

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The term ROLLING STOCK in rail transport industry originally referred to any vehicles that move on a railway . It has since expanded to include the wheeled vehicles used by businesses on roadways. It usually includes both powered and unpowered vehicles, for example locomotives , railroad cars , coaches , and wagons .


* 1 Overview * 2 Code names * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links


Note that stock in the term is business related and used in a sense of inventory . Rolling stock
Rolling stock
is considered to be a liquid asset , or close to it, since the value of the vehicle can be readily estimated and then shipped to the buyer without much cost or delay.

The term contrasts with fixed stock (infrastructure ), which is a collective term for the track , signals , stations , other buildings, electric wires, etc., necessary to operate a railway.


Steam and diesel locomotives *

DMU rolling stock *

American-style hopper car *

Articulated well cars with intermodal containers


In Great Britain
Great Britain
, types of rolling stock were given code names, often of animals. For example, "Toad" was used as a code name for the Great Western Railway goods brake van , while British Railways