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section gang

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noun Railroads.
  1. a group of workers who take care of a section of railroad track.
Compare floating gang.

Origin of section gang

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for section gang

Historical Examples

  • You git the tie-houses of the section-gang plank in front–here.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher

    Eleanor Gates

  • His last job had been as a member of a section-gang on a railroad.

    A Mind That Found Itself

    Clifford Whittingham Beers

  • Directly in front of Matt was a small tool-house such as a section-gang uses for storing tools and hand-cars.