footplate man

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footplate man (plural footplate men)

  1. The engineer, or driver of a locomotive
    • 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.