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Switchman   Listen

(pl. switchmen)
A man who operates railroad switches.

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"Switchman" Quotes from Famous Books

... on the nine, Uncle Patsy,' says she; 'do you know where it is?' says she. 'I do,' says I; ''t was not far from it I broke me leg wit' the dam' derrick. 'T was to Jerry Ryan's house they took me first. There's no town there at all; 't is the only house in it; Ryan 's the switchman.' ...
— The Queen's Twin and Other Stories • Sarah Orne Jewett

... creates the most of our pleasure and pain. Our first mistake is the belief that the circumstance gives the joy which we give to the circumstance. Life is an ecstasy. Life is sweet as nitrous oxide; and the fisherman dripping all day over a cold pond, the switchman at the railway intersection, the farmer in the field, the Irishman in the ditch, the fop in the street, the hunter in the woods, the barrister with the jury, the belle at the ball, all ascribe a certain pleasure to their employment, which they themselves ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. I, No. 1, Nov. 1857 • Various

... Rodman discovered afterwards; but he did not know it then, and so he was only bewildered by the switchman's questions. For a few minutes he stood irresolute, though keeping a sharp lookout for the hurrying switch engines, and moving cars that, singly or in trains, were flying in all directions about him, apparently without ...
— Cab and Caboose - The Story of a Railroad Boy • Kirk Munroe

Words linked to "Switchman" :   operator, manipulator

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