work train

  1. a train that transports railroad workers, building materials, etc., to construction or maintenance assignments on the railroad.

Origin of work train

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for work train

Historical Examples of work train

  • Neale was about to ride his frantic horse straight into the work-train.

  • Those days it took the work-train several hours to reach the end of the rails.

  • And when the work-train halted, that car had run beyond the station a few rods.

  • The locomotive of the work-train was at the hind end and the roadmasters standing on the first flat car were signalling.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Far away could be heard, in the intervals of silence, the faint clang of the work-train engine-bell.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman