from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long box- or house-car for carrying light or fast freight sent by express. It is sometimes combined with a mail-car, or with a baggage- or passenger-car.


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  • A little later, when the stars were shining brightly overhead, they passed into the express-car, and sent for the conductor and other trainmen, and for Foster.

    Stories by American Authors, Volume 6

  • He paused for only an instant to assure himself that the man was in earnest, then he slid open one of the side-doors of the express-car, and stretched forth a hand whose clutch was like the closing of a claw of steel.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861

  • There were two locomotives, with a huge snow-plough on the forward one, a baggage and express-car, and four cars filled with passengers.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861

  • Their destination was Indian Creek and on arrival they unloaded from the express-car a Peterborough canoe, a tent and a lot of supplies.

    Every Man for Himself

  • "This looks like it, don't it?" said the successful express-car robber, holding his valise to the light.

    Jim Cummings Or, The Great Adams Express Robbery

  • He was now fully satisfied that the detectives were very certain that he had a hand in the express-car robbery -- but how did they get hold of that dangerous fact?

    Jim Cummings Or, The Great Adams Express Robbery

  • The rush from the bushes followed; the battle with detectives concealed in the express-car.

    Our Mr. Wrenn: The Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man

  • The bandits were blowing open the safe in the express-car with dynamite, pending which the looting of the passengers was at a standstill.

    Bucky O'Connor

  • He drove home its loosened nails with two sharp taps from a monkey-wrench, glanced inside to make certain the dog had not gotten out, and presently hoisted the crate aboard the express-car.


  • When the light of the locomotive appears, three lose their courage: the fourth stops the train, and single-handed takes the money from the express-car and from the passengers, killing the conductor and the express-messenger.

    Robert Browning: How to Know Him


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