footplate footplate


  • (n) the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls


  1. He swung onto the engine's footplate, manipulated levers and throttles inside.
  2. They also put in time on the footplate--where the fireman and driver stand, stoking the boiler, firing up the engine and managing the controls.
  3. Working through several sunrises and sunsets, his boots set in a footplate on the remote-controlled arm, Van Hoften employed a special $100,000 power wrench to loosen bolts.


  • "You'll be at the end of a long, spindly fishing rod about this wide," says astronaut Piers Sellers, holding his hands in a circle as big as a saucer, "and standing on a little rickety-looking footplate. ...... It'll be significantly...
    on Jul 6, 2006 By: Piers Sellers Source: USA Today

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