switchman :

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  • n  a man who operates railroad switches

  • Hewins had spent the workday shoveling snow off the tracks, only to be killed on his trip back to town when a switchman got distracted.
  • He became a strikebreaking switchman on the Florida East Coast railroad; soon he was promoted to freight-train conductor and earning as much as $300 a week with overtime.
  • Like a master switchman in a freight yard, he bossed the whole Santa Anita operation from his cupola, rigged up a battery of telephones to connect him with every corner of the .

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