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What is the name of the car at the head of a train?

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Wiki User
10/19/2012

There are generally 3 types of cars at the head of a atrain. The car at the head end of a train is most oftena locomotive, but it can also be a "cab car", which has a cabin for the train operator/motorman/engineer, but is not a locomotive. For many transit systems, this car may be a Multiple Unit (MU) or Electrified MU (EMU) car. In most cases, when a freight train is seen with a freight car at the head of the "train", under US law, this is most often not termed a train, but a "consist" - this is because it fails to have the markers necessary to move legally as a train.