From The Godfather:

He left the club an caught a cab to his furnished room on Tenth Avenue. He boarded with an Italian family to which he was distantly related. His two room was separated from the rest of their railroad flat by a special door.

So, I'm confused by the "railroad flat" phrase. Is railroad the same as railway here?

  • Din't you even try a dictionary? :) – Maulik V Dec 9 '14 at 5:46
  • @MaulikV I tried, of course. But not this one. In any way, thank you. – Dmitrii Bundin Dec 9 '14 at 19:22

Same term as "railroad apartment" ("flat" is another term for "apartment", nowadays more often used in Britain), so called because of the similarity of the layout to a railroad car. See this.

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