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Glossary Results for Word "Banking Engine"

Banking Engine An engine used to assist a train up a gradient (or bank) if the train was too heavy for the train engine alone. A banking engine would often not be attached to the train, but simply push from the rear, allowing the train to draw away at the top of the gradient. On the LNWR any engine assisting a train, whether attached in front or pushing from the rear, was described as “banking”.