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Rail coach

A coach is a road or rail vehicle designed to transport passengers. A rail coach, also known as a carriage, forms part of a passenger train. In North America rail coaches are often known as cars.

It can be self-propelled (railcar, multiple unit) or, usually together with more coaches, be pulled or pushed by a locomotive.

Some connections between coaches are semi-permanent; usually, but not always, passengers can walk through them. Other connections are such that coupling and disconnecting can easily be carried out during daily operations. Passengers usually can not walk through them, but in some trains they can, see Koploper in Trains in the Netherlands.

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Road coach

A road coach is similar to a bus but is usually more comfortable and designed for longer distance travel. See also stagecoach.


The word coach is derived from the Hungarian cocsi.

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