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trackman

[trak-muh n]
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noun, plural track·men.
  1. a person who assists in inspecting, installing, or maintaining railroad tracks.
  2. a trackwalker.

Origin of trackman

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; track + -man

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for trackman

Historical Examples

  • The trackman was a person accustomed to the reality and not the theory of things.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • Went from trackman to machinist's helper and boilermaker's helper.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives

    Work Projects Administration

  • Why should the locomotive engineer receive more than the trackman?

    Distributive Justice</p>

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

  • We were an excited group around the train's crew, when the trackman came up with his torch.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • For nearly 30 years he had been identified with the railroad service filling positions from trackman to general superintendent.


British Dictionary definitions for trackman

trackman

noun plural -men
  1. US and Canadian a workman who lays and maintains railway trackAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): platelayer
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