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towerman

[tou-er-muh n] /ˈtaʊ ər mən/
noun, plural towermen.
1.
Railroads. a person who works in a switch tower and, by means of a signal box, directs the movement of trains.
2.
Aviation. an air-traffic controller.
Origin of towerman
1890-1895
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; tower1 + -man
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  • The towerman nodded, beckoned Bartley aside and made some explanations to him.

  • The towerman had just been relieved from duty, and met Ralph with eager welcome as he was approaching the place.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • The point of convergence is known to the towerman and all the other workers as the “throat” of the yard.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • If the towerman set those switches and signals 319 times in the course of a day, they must be set absolutely correct 319 times.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • But the towerman at Middleport said that he could not move the siding-switch there; it was packed in with ice and snow.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Eight times that towerman tried there in the midst of the storm to open that switch and eight times he reported failure.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • He also asked the towerman to telegraph ahead to Dover for a substitute engineer.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman

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