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flag station

a railroad station where trains stop only when a flag or other signal is displayed or when passengers are to be discharged.
Also called flag stop.
Origin of flag station
An Americanism dating back to 1845-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were rushing for the flag station, gesticulating as they came.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • At one flag station the train was signalled and came to a stop.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • We could reach the flag station in two hours if we started at once.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • It was only a flag station, but trains stop there on signal most likely.

  • They passed the North Side Station, and were nearing the flag station.

    The Mystery of Mary Grace Livingston Hill
  • It was merely a flag station, but the conductor said he would stop there for any passenger who might wish to get off.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer
  • The railroad has a flag station at the farm known as Hopkins station.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • It was about three miles to the flag station, and I believe his mother lived somewhere on the way.

    Aunt Madge's Story Sophie May
  • Wickford Junction was hardly more than a flag station, and there was an agent there only part of the time.

  • It was a flag station, buried in maples, with a white road winding back to where we were staying.

    Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer

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