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    Railroad versus Railway

    Am I right that:
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    The train for Manchester leaves in half an hour.
    Does this train stop at Preston?


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    The train to New York leaves in half an hour.
    Does this train stop in Springfield?

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    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    I think your AmE versions are indeed more common here, but the ones labeled BrE are fine in AmE.

    If you meant to ask something about the words railroad and railway, the former is much more common in AmE. I had a client which changed its name from Great Smoky Mountains Railway to Great Smoky Mountains Railroad after an acquisition. I think the new owner thought "railroad" would be easier for customers to remember.
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    #3

    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    I think your BrE versions are indeed more common here, but the ones labeled AmE are fine in BrE.

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    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    I doubt this is a Br/AmE thing because the prepositions express slightly different thoughts.

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    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
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    If you meant to ask something about the words railroad and railway, the former is much more common in AmE. .../I]to Great Smoky Mountains Railroad after an acquisition. I think the new owner thought "railroad" would be easier for customers to remember.
    Much more common, but railway exists (persists?) in some parts.

    I recently heard in, that BBC 2 (TV) Michael Portillo railway journeys programme (the series about a journey in the US), a 'vox pop' interview with an American (in the north-east, I think) saying 'railway'.

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    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post

    I recently heard in, that BBC 2 (TV) Michael Portillo railway journeys programme (the series about a journey in the US) ...
    Funny you should mention that series, Bob. It made me wonder how US railroad companies make any profit. Much of the time he was the only punter in a hundred-seater carriage, and wandered around deserted stations and empty platforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Funny you should mention that series, Bob. It made me wonder how US railroad companies make any profit. Much of the time he was the only punter in a hundred-seater carriage, and wandered around deserted stations and empty platforms.
    Passenger service between cities is provided by a government-subsidized entity known as "Amtrak." It is technically a "for profit" company but would not exist without the subsidy. Outside of some service between cities in the northeast (e.g. New York to Washington, DC) it is a poor option.

    If there is any profit to be made in railroads in the US, it is in hauling freight.

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    #8

    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I doubt this is a Br/AmE thing because the prepositions express slightly different thoughts.
    What different thoughts do you think they express?

    Does this train stop in/at Reading?
    Does the train to/for York leave from this platform?

    (Since we have a Reading and a York in PA and a Reading a York in England, those seemed apt cities.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Much more common, but railway exists (persists?) in some parts.
    Railways seems to be making a comeback in BrE with Jeremy Corbyn, not a spring chicken, wishing to nationalise them.

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    Re: Railroad versus Railway

    PS that programme is here (well, not really THERE as such; it's an explanation of why it's not there [and instructions for buying it]).

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