- 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
Examples from the Web for switchman
Historical Examples of switchman
"Yes, we get our milk at Mr. Hasting's place," answered the switchman.
At home they knew a switchman who lived in a little shanty just like this.
It was all the same as far as telling the switchman was concerned.
The switchman who transfers a train from one line to another?The Conquest of Bread
The switchman of a decade ago could always be counted upon to fight.Snow on the Headlight
- US and Canadian a person who operates railway pointsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): pointsman