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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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  • Lockfaren is only a flag station, there was no light—not a house to be seen, only the thick woods all around.

    Bolax Josephine Culpeper
  • They were rushing for the flag station, gesticulating as they came.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • 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.

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

    Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer
  • They passed the North Side Station, and were nearing the flag station.

    The Mystery of Mary Grace Livingston Hill
  • At last I hear its throbbing, which ceases as it pauses at the flag station under the hill.

    Modern Essays John Macy
  • 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
  • Wickford Junction was hardly more than a flag station, and there was an agent there only part of the time.

  • The railroad has a flag station at the farm known as Hopkins station.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom

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