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.
Eight times that towerman tried there in the midst of the storm to open that switch and eight times he reported failure.
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 point of convergence is known to the towerman and all the other workers as the “throat” of the yard.
He also asked the towerman to telegraph ahead to Dover for a substitute engineer.
But the towerman at Middleport said that he could not move the siding-switch there; it was packed in with ice and snow.