Van is a term that comes from the French word fourgon. This is what a vehicle similar to a truck, although smaller.
In the vans, the bodywork and the cabin are integrated. In general, the van is intended for the transfer of merchandise.
The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), on the other hand, defines the van as a covered vehicle that is used to transport goods and that, compared to a truck, has smaller dimensions. If we take this detail into account, we can say that van and van are synonymous.
It is known as cellular van, meanwhile, to a means of transport that is prepared to carry as passengers to individuals deprived of their Liberty. In this way, the van o cell car It has a conditioned space for the transfer of inmates, so that they cannot escape or put the driver or security personnel at risk.
In some countries Latin Americans, a vehicle that has more than four wheels and that, in its rear sector, presents a covered platform to carry large loads.
In the railway context, a boxcar is a type of wagon It is used in a different way than the other wagons in the formation. In a passenger train, the van is used to transport goods; In a freight train, passengers travel in the boxcar.
When you talk about caboose, it is alluding to a van that is installed in the end of training. That expression (caboose) is also used in the colloquial language to indicate that someone ranks last (“I’m tired of being a caboose in this company, all my colleagues make a profit and I don’t”).