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(Brit) a workman who lays and maintains railway track US and Canadian equivalent trackman
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  • His father is a platelayer on the railway receiving the magnificent sum of 16s.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • They transferred him to Tharanda when his time came, and he married a platelayer's daughter, or something of that kind.

  • No platelayer other than the foreman shall be authorised to undertake any work interfering with the free passage of trains.

    Minimum Gauge Railways Arthur Heywood
  • Mr. Pegrom, a platelayer on the line, asked me to give him a cheque in exchange for twenty-five shillings.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • The platelayer, it is said, is instructed to wear a red tie so that on emergency it may be used as a danger signal.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Wardell helped to make the present railway, and has worked for fifty-five years as a platelayer on the line.

  • It is obvious the mobility of labor between the occupations of a platelayer and a barrister is not very great.

    Supply and Demand Hubert D. Henderson
  • One of them explicitly declared his envy of a platelayer whom the train passed on the line.

    Second String Anthony Hope

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