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footplate (plural footplates)

  1. The metal plate which forms the base platform of a steam locomotive, particularly in the UK, which supports the boiler and the engineer's cab.
  2. The engineer's cab in any kind of train.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 845:
      Kit had fallen into conversation with a footplate man who was deadheading back out to Samarkand, where he lived with his wife and children.

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