Part of the mission of the Shannondell Model Railroad Club is education in the development, operation and performance of railroads. Although railroad education does not necessarily affect the Shannondell Model Railroad, we believe it is important for everyone to know more about how railroads operate, how they are affected by laws relating to rules and regulations, how research and development is lighting the way toward much faster and safer railroads and how railroads affect our economy and our daily lives. It is also important to understand how the Shannondell Model Railroad does relate to all of this. This education section aims to contribute to one of The Foundation at Shannondell's objectives: Lifelong Learning (click here).
History is part of education. We cover history related to railroads and railroading in a separate History section of this website, although some history is included here. This Education section deals mainly with current aspects of railroads and railroading and is intended to facilitate understanding for those who are not steeped in the lore of railroads.
The main purpose of this Education section of our website is to help the reader grasp the fundamental concepts that every railroader should understand. This first section also is intended to provide easy access to glossaries, acronyms, initialisms and abbreviations that are commonly used in the railroader's lingo.
Language of Railroads and Railroading
Every discipline employs a language all its own and the railroad industry is no exception. Throughout this website we have endeavored to define terms we have employed. But the language of railroads and railroading is extensive and certainly beyond the scope of our efforts. Here we present links to sources where terminology can be found defined and illustrated. We hope you find the links useful (see also External Links).
- European Union Concepts
- List of Acronyms and Abbreviations for Railways (LAAR)
- Glossary of Australian railway terms
- Glossary of New Zealand railway terms
- Glossary of North American railway terms
- Glossary of Passenger rail terminology
- Glossary of Railroad Car Terminology
- Glossary of Railroad Terminology or Slang
- Glossary of Railroad Terms (p)
- Glossary of Railroad Terms (w)
- Glossary of Terms
- Glossary of Train Speak
- Glossary of United Kingdom railway terms
- Railroad Glossary: Definition and Terms
- Railway Lexicon
- Railroad Terminology
- Railroad Terms
- Steam Glossary
- Steam Railroad Terminology
For access to more detail concerning the central aspects of railroading, use the buttons below, or the menu at left. Many terms will be defined in these locations.