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A member of the operating crew on a railroad train, especially the brakeman.


n, pl trainmen
(Railways) railways US a member of the team of people operating a train


(ˈtreɪn mən)

n., pl. -men.
a member of the crew that operates a railroad train, usu. an assistant to the conductor, such as a brakeman or flagman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trainman - an employee of a railroadtrainman - an employee of a railroad    
brakeman - a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
signalman - a railroad employee in charge of signals and point in a railroad yard
yardman - worker in a railway yard
train dispatcher, trainmaster, yardmaster - a railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard


[ˈtreɪnmæn] N (trainmen (pl)) (US) (Rail) → ferroviario m
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When I saw the conductor examining the feet of the man in question, I said to myself, "That will settle it;" and so it did, for the trainman promptly decided that the passenger was a Negro, and let him remain where he was.
The needle of the speed-indicator flicked and wagged to and fro; the cinders rattled on the roof, and a whirl of dust sucked after the whirling wheels, The crew of the combination sat on their bunks, panting in their shirt- sleeves, and Cheyne found himself among them shouting old, old stories of the railroad that every trainman knows, above the roar of the car.
Some of his most notable cases include a $7.05 million settlement against a multi-national petrochemical company for product liability arising out of explosion that resulted in worker fatality and a $2.905 million verdict against a major railroad for a trainman injured when thrown from a train due to excessive slack action.
When the train pulled out, headed for Petoskey, we would stand at the crossing and yell, "Blow your whistle!" Bill or another trainman would come out to the back of the caboose to blow the air whistle for us.
#NJTransit trainman: 'Conductor on the IC: door dripping water; passenger says wet his pants; wants it reported.
I remember numerous incidents from my days as a trainman on the London Underground during the Seventies and early Eighties.
TO your correspondent who asked if the same punishment applied to a Metro trainman as it does to a car driver who crosses the crossing against the red flashing lights, the answer is that his/her question is a nonsense because, unlike a motor vehicle, the Metro train cannot move independently through the crossing.
(67) Despite setbacks such as a jury ruling in favour of Seaboard against the Train Porters' Association in a case brought on behalf of trainman O.
Reading through the Federal Railroad Administration's yearly accident report one time, I saw that no matter how much experience a trainman had, it was easy to fall off or get hit by moving equipment unawares.
Larry Krupa, head-end trainman, uncoupled the front of the train from the derailed cars--by hand.