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yardmaster

[yahrd-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈyɑrdˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
noun
1.
a person who superintends all or part of a railroad yard.
Origin of yardmaster
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; yard2 + master
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  • “Say it,” said the operator gamely, as the yardmaster hesitated.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • Later the night yardmaster, a jovial German, came in and learned of my plight.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • Then my benefactor, the night yardmaster, and I went to Buffalo proper one day.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • The night yardmaster is a general, and he has an army of lesser officers in the field.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The yardmaster of the Northern Pacific was ready there for the news from that rat-a-tap.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The work of the yardmaster is more spectacular than that of the dispatcher.

  • He was a yardmaster at the time of leaving the company's employ.

  • In order to load we had to remove all the brakes, and this the yardmaster refused to do.

    Sawdust & Spangles W. C. Coup
  • Ralph ran up to the yardmaster and held out his watch to him.

  • Then you can make out my papers as yardmaster and general boss of the deepot.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

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