pump trolley

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pump trolley

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Noun[edit]

pump trolley (plural pump trolleys)

  1. A light railroad car propelled by a hand-operated pumping mechanism, handcar
    • 1901, George Gipps, The Fighting in North China (up to the Fall of Tientsin City), Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, OL 23299616M, page 40:
      The train, minus the three abandoned trucks, again proceeded at a slow pace, with a pump trolley doing pilot ahead ; this was very necessary as a great many sleepers were found to have been burnt underneath the fishplates.
    • 1910 March 4, “Supply Trade Section: Fairbanks-Morse Inspection Car”, Railway Age Gazette, volume 48, page 509: 
      A gang was sent out on a pump trolley and the inspection car followed.
    • 1976, J. William Calder, All Aboard, Formac Publishing Company, ISBN 9780887800061, OL 5253265M, page 118:
      Immediately after the train had pulled away from St. Peters, Alfred Morrison, section foreman along with his helper, Frank Lindloft, took off with the pump trolley.

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