noun, plural brakemen.
a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.
brake1 ( def 4 ).

1825–35; brake1 + -man Unabridged
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brakeman (ˈbreɪkmən)
n , pl -men
1.  (US), (Canadian) a crew member of a goods or passenger train. His duties include controlling auxiliary braking power and inspecting the train
2.  the person at the back of a two- or four-man bobsleigh, who operates the brake

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The brakeman was working from one end of the track and the conductor was working from the other end.
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