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section hand

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noun Railroads.
  1. a person who works on a section gang.
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Origin of section hand

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called tracklayer.
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  • Rented a house on the Colony and worked as a section-hand on the railroad.

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    Edwin Gifford Lamb