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guard's van

n
(Railways) railways Brit and NZ the van in which the guard travels, usually attached to the rear of a train. US and Canadian equivalent: caboose
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guard's van

(train) caboose
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guard's van - the car on a train that is occupied by the guard
railcar, railroad car, railway car, car - a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three cars had jumped the rails"
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Translations

guard’s van

n (Brit Rail) → Schaffnerabteil nt, → Dienstwagen m
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guard's van

n (Brit) (Rail) → vagone m di servizio
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References in classic literature ?
"I went to the station-master's office," the latter continued, "and tried to persuade them to let me ride in the guard's van of your special, but he made a stupid fuss about it, so I thought I'd better come to you.
Here comes the train, sir - just one saloon and the guard's van."
Paul's; we made frenzied arrangements to get pictures back to the Midlands in this pre-digital age; films were developed in train guard's vans; papers were pouring off the presses within minutes of the ceremony