footplate footplate

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  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.

Quotes

  • "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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