Train engine

Train engine

Train engine is the technical name for the locomotive which is attached to the front of a railway train for the purpose of hauling that train. Exceptionally, where operating facilities exist for push-pull operation, the train engine may be attached to the rear of the train. In such cases, it is common for the leading carriage (often known as a 'driving control trailer') to have a cab from which a member of staff can communicate with the engine driver.Fact|date=April 2008

The term "train engine" differentiates such a locomotive from railway engines being employed in a different operational role, such as:
* Pilot engine - a locomotive attached in front of the train engine, to enable Double-heading;
* Banking engine - a locomotive temporarily assisting a train from the rear, due to a difficult start or a sharp incline gradient;
* Light engine - a locomotive which is operating without a train behind it, usually because it needs to be relocated for operational reasons.


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