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A man who operates railroad switches.
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n, pl -men
(Railways) US and Canadian a person who operates railway points. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): pointsman
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(ˈswɪtʃ mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person who has charge of a switch on a railroad.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.switchman - a man who operates railroad switchesswitchman - a man who operates railroad switches
manipulator, operator - an agent that operates some apparatus or machine; "the operator of the switchboard"
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[ˈswɪtʃmən] N (switchmen (pl)) (US) → guardagujas m inv
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It sometimes does, even if some switchman doesn't flag it.
CAIRO -- 28 March 2019: The Criminal Court of Damanhour sentenced a switchman to 15 years in prison over the collision between a cargo and a passenger train in Kom Hamada last month.
In February, India's railways system announced a national recruitment drive for the most menial positions in its hierarchy -- helper, porter, cleaner, gateman, track maintainer, assistant switchman.
Louis plaintiff's attorney Nelson Wolff of Schlichter Bogard & Denton said his client, a switchman at the Armourdale rail yard in Kansas City, Kansas, was crushed by a train on Sept.
Likewise, an SDDC rail operating crew, consisting of an engineer, conductor, and switchman, may be provided to assist logistics readiness centers with maintaining 24/7 rail operations.
Stopping all of these efforts would "bring the parties back to the negotiating table," Wang said, calling China the "switchman" who would "switch the issue back onto the track of seeking a negotiated settlement." 
He worked as a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad for 42 years and is retired.
His work in the railway system began in 1978 as a switchman at the station.
Following his service to his country, he started his career in the telephone industry, in 1952, with New Jersey Bell and later moved to upstate New York and transferred his service as a switchman for New York Bell Telephone Company until his retirement in 1983.
He was, for most of his working life, a switchman for the phone company.
Also employed by the CNR, as a switchman, was Edward Villburn.