From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtraintrain1 /treɪn/ ●●● S1 W2 noun [countable] 1 railwayTTT a set of several carriages that are connected to each other and pulled along a railway line by an enginetrain to the train to Munichby train We went all the way to Inverness by train. → boat train2 → a train of something3 → train of thought4 → bring something in its train5 → set something in train6 people/animalsLINE a long line of moving people, animals, or vehicles a camel train7 dressDCC a part of a long dress that spreads out over the ground behind the person wearing it a wedding dress with a long train8 servantsLINE a group of servants or officers following an important person, especially in the pastGRAMMAR: Patterns with train• You usually say get on a train: I got on the train at Bristol. • You usually say get off a train: She got off the train in Geneva. • You say that someone is on a train: There were a lot of tourists on the train.• You go somewhere by train: He travels to work by train. ✗Don’t say: go by the train | travel by the train• You often talk about the train: It’s easier if you take the train.COLLOCATIONSverbstake/get a trainI took the first train home.catch a trainHe was in a hurry to catch a train.go by/travel by trainWe decided to go by train.get on/board a trainAt Stoke, another passenger boarded the train.get off a trainHe got off the train at Flushing.wait for a trainShe sat on the railway platform for half an hour, waiting for a train.miss a train (=be too late to get on a train)I just missed the last train.trains run (=take people from one place to another at fixed times)Trains run from two main London stations, Victoria and Charing Cross, every hour.a train arrivesThe train arrived on time.a train leaves/departsTrains depart from Rugby at half-hourly intervals until 4.00 pm.a train pulls into/out of a stationThe train pulled into Euston station and I got off.a train derails/is derailed (=comes off the rails)Most of the passengers escaped injury when their train was derailed.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + traina freight/goods traina freight train carrying hazardous chemicalsa passenger traina passenger train bound for Genevaa commuter train (=a train that people going to work use)a crash involving two crowded commuter trainsan express train/a fast train (=one that does not stop at many places)He boarded the express train to London.a slow train (also a stopping train British English) (=one that stops at a lot of places)We got on the stopping train by mistake and it took hours to get home.a steam trainRailway enthusiasts have the opportunity to take a nostalgic trip on a steam train.a tube/underground train (=one that runs under London)The condition of many tube trains is a disgrace.train + NOUNa train journey British English, a train trip American EnglishThey were not looking forward to the long train journey.a train fareHow much is the train fare to Derby?a train driverThe train driver apologized for the late departure.a train crash (also a train wreck American English)Ten people were killed in the train crash.
Examples from the Corpustrain• We parted at Paddington, and assured them that they would have to change trains at Oxford.• Caltrain runs commuter trains to both destinations and to other Silicon Valley cities, culminating in San Francisco.• As the mail train thundered past and disappeared into the distance he heard the familiar sound of footsteps.• But he made it, and got to the station just before the train did.• Comment on the dollar had been sombre for much of the year in the train of developments the previous autumn.• a wagon traintrain to• an overnight train to Vienna