In railway parlance, 'passenger', as well as being the end user of a service, is also a categorisation of the type of rolling stock used. In the British case, there are several categories of passenger train. These categories include:
- 'Express passenger', which constitutes long distance and high speed railway travel between major locations such as ports and cities.
- 'Semi-fast express passenger', a type of service that is high speed, though stops at selected destinations of high population density en-route.
- 'Local passenger', the lowest category of British passenger train, which provides a service that stops at all stations between major destinations, for the benefit of local populations.
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