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work train

a train that transports railroad workers, building materials, etc., to construction or maintenance assignments on the railroad.
Origin of work train
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • Neale was about to ride his frantic horse straight into the work-train.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • More of the work-train men gathered round the group, and the engineer with his fireman approached.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Those days it took the work-train several hours to reach the end of the rails.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • And when the work-train halted, that car had run beyond the station a few rods.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Far away could be heard, in the intervals of silence, the faint clang of the work-train engine-bell.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • The troopers who had rescued the work-train must now depend upon that train for new supplies.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Half-way between the camp and Benton a large force of Sioux had torn up the track, halted and fired the work-train.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Toward sunset the work-train reached the height of desert land that sloped in long sweeping lines down to the base of the hills.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Fifteen days later the work-train crossed Number Ten on a trestle and the construction progressed with new impetus.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey

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