Parliamentary train

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Parliamentary train one of the trains which, by act of Parliament, railway companies are required to run for the conveyance of third-class passengers at a reduced rate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Parliamentary train a train which, by act of parliament, runs both ways along a line of railway, at least once each day, at the rate of one penny per mile
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. parlementparler, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

The meetings of the local Granges were forums in which the members trained themselves in public speaking and parliamentary practice.
"The Agrarian Crusade" by Solon J. Buck
He laughed loud and cheerily as he left his parliamentary friends, and, putting himself into the train, went down to Boxall Hill.
"Doctor Thorne" by Anthony Trollope
Only parliamentary trains stop at such obscure places; and this one seemed to him slower even than the diligence had been.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
That eighteen years of parliamentary and official life ought to have trained me to comprehend and to administer colonial government.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
Happily, they did not know her; and it was the parliamentary train, which is five hours on the road.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
It is fashionable to say that part of his practical force is due to the training of parliamentary life.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Because he was the inventor of parliamentary trains, and they are wretchedly slow.
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
We who are trained either in forensic or parliamentary debate well know the conquering and demolishing reply.
"The Brothers' War" by John Calvin Reed
It was the Parliamentary foot, the London train-bands, that saved the day, which would otherwise have been a disastrous rout for their leader.
"The Bath Road" by Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
The parliamentary or slow trains have cheaper rates than the express.
"Over the Ocean" by Curtis Guild
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