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[yahrd-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈyɑrdˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a person who superintends all or part of a railroad yard.
Origin of yardmaster
First recorded in 1870-75; yard2 + master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The trains of ten and fifteen coaches pile up in the railroad yard, and the yardmaster nearly goes out of his mind.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • “Say it,” said the operator gamely, as the yardmaster hesitated.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • The yardmaster of the Northern Pacific was ready there for the news from that rat-a-tap.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Later the night yardmaster, a jovial German, came in and learned of my plight.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • No, I would not put every yardmaster over the roundhouse foreman and the car inspectors.

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

    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.

  • Pick up a yardmaster occasionally and take him to headquarters with you so that he will keep acquainted with the dispatchers.

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

    Sawdust & Spangles W. C. Coup

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