Locomotive vs Jackshaft - What's the difference?

locomotive | jackshaft |


As nouns the difference between locomotive and jackshaft

is that locomotive is (rail transport) the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself, but pulls the coaches or rail cars or wagons while jackshaft is a common mechanical component used to transfer or synchronize rotational force in a machine.

As an adjective locomotive

is of or relating to locomotion.

locomotive

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (rail transport) The power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself, but pulls the coaches or rail cars or wagons.
  • (rare) A traction engine
  • (slang) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed
  • (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States).
  • Usage notes

    Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for train.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of or relating to locomotion
  • of or relating to the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself
  • jackshaft

    English

    Noun

    (en noun) (wikipedia jackshaft)
  • A common mechanical component used to transfer or synchronize rotational force in a machine.
  • A wheelless axle used to turn the wheels of a locomotive.
  • Synonyms

    * (component relating to rotational force) countershaft