British a workman who lays and maintains railway trackUS and Canadian equivalent: trackman

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Examples from the Web for platelayer

Historical Examples of platelayer

  • His father is a platelayer on the railway receiving the magnificent sum of 16s.

  • They transferred him to Tharanda when his time came, and he married a platelayer's daughter, or something of that kind.

  • No platelayer other than the foreman shall be authorised to undertake any work interfering with the free passage of trains.

  • Mr. Pegrom, a platelayer on the line, asked me to give him a cheque in exchange for twenty-five shillings.

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

  • The platelayer, it is said, is instructed to wear a red tie so that on emergency it may be used as a danger signal.

    The Heritage of Dress

    Wilfred Mark Webb