Part of speech: noun

One who handles railway switches.

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Usage examples "switchman":

  1. The engine was within a few seconds of reaching his signal box when, on turning his head, the switchman saw his little boy playing on the line of rails over which the train was to pass. - "The True Citizen, How To Become One", W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B..