switching locomotive

switch engine

noun Railroads.
a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a yard.
Also called switcher, switching locomotive.


Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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switch engine

noun
a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard 
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