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way station

a station intermediate between principal stations, as on a railroad.
Origin of way station
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It wouldn't do at all, you know, for the Emerald City to become a way-station on an airship line.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • For a union station, no matter how big or how pretentious it may be architecturally, will reduce a city to way-station dimensions.

  • Joe Ferris was the first to greet him after he crossed the border at a way-station at six o'clock in the morning.

  • The train he had taken came to a sudden stop at a way-station in Ohio, where a red flag was furiously waved.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • How many of you could have missed seeing a party of nine get off at a way-station on this line?

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • If he wants to take up this matter again he knows Im aboard, mused Joe, as the train pulled out of the way-station.

  • But all through the long and tedious journey ending at the little Arizona way-station, Stratton fumed and fretted and wondered.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • At a way-station, some twenty miles this side of Boston, a tall, dark-bearded man boarded the train.

    Kidnapped at the Altar Laura Jean Libbey
  • Cliff House, the grand terminus, or at least way-station of all ocean drives.

  • It was only a way-station on the long long road from Scorpius to Ursa, and it meant nothing, nothing at all.

    The Ties That Bind Walter Miller

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