[swich-muh n]

noun, plural switch·men.

a person who has charge of a switch on a railroad.
a person who assists in moving cars in a railway yard or terminal.

Origin of switchman

First recorded in 1835–45; switch + -man
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noun plural -men

US and Canadian a person who operates railway pointsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): pointsman
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