pilot engine


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pilot engine

n.
A locomotive sent ahead of a train to check the track for safety and clearance.
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pilot engine

n
(Railways) a locomotive that leads one or more other locomotives at the head of a train of coaches or wagons
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Noun1.pilot engine - a locomotive that precedes a train to check the track
locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive, engine - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
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Prior to restore the railway traffic, pilot engine tested the condition of the track.The police said that preliminary investigation revealed the fact that the activists of a nationalist organisation are involved in the blast.
The pilot engine driver saved the lives of all the passengers.
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"It was slightly too long for the loop (at Caernarfon) and we needed a pilot engine to release the train engine."
The expolision took place just 20 minutes after the pilot engine of the Express train passed the railway track between Taraiya and Guraru station around 11 pm.
The Pilot engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission system.
They also launched an attack on the pilot engine killing one security personnel and injuring three, including RPF constable, an assistant driver and the driver of the train.
Apprehending danger to the train, a pilot engine was sent on before.