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[treyn-muh n] /ˈtreɪn mən/
noun, plural trainmen.
a member of the crew that operates a railroad train, usually an assistant to the conductor, such as a brakeman or flagman.
Origin of trainman
1635-45, in sense “member of a trainband”; 1875-80 for current sense; train + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By a trainman with a lantern, George stood watching, smiling up, and he waved his hand as the train pulled out.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • His name was Hessler and his rescuer was a trainman named Carney.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • A trainman with a lantern over his arm, came into the station to get his orders from the agent.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • The trainman, a sober-faced fellow, answered dryly, “All I had.”

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • "And it's a priest he's cryin' for, sir," groaned the trainman, as he came up to the Monsignor.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • It was, admitted the trainman, too much for him to untangle.

  • Now he is called a trainman and is attired in a natty uniform.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The trainman would welcome the end of the division and his run.

  • "Any time and place you like, if you've got the chow with you," replied the trainman.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • The trainman hurried outside and Bob banged the door after him.

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