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wig-wag

wig-wag  n.— «The banjo crossing signal, also called a wig-wag, was (and still might be in some places) a round target with a hole in the center that swung back and forth when activated. Looked somewhat like a banjo being swung back and...

bitch hook

bitch hook  n.— «Joslan pointed out some of the historic equipment, including a hook and chain used to load logs onto railroad cars. “They called it the ‘bitch hook’—it was really hard to use.”» —“All aboard” by Dana...

longhorn

longhorn  n.— «The train was going 45 mph on a railroad track that has a 49-mph speed limit, McClary said. That’s too fast, said Susan Fernandez, who lives across the street from the tracks where the “longhorns”—as she calls...

goat

goat  n.— «In railroad slang, “goat” refers to the smaller locomotives already used in rail yards to transfer railcars from one train to another.» —“Union Pacific invests in low-emission locomotives” in Omaha...

foamer

foamer  n.— «Kaye Lynn Webb said railroad lovers are usually referred to as foamers because they foam at the mouth because they get so excited about railroads. “We are two of the biggest foamers you will ever see,” she said...