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switchman

[′swich·mən]
(mining engineering)
A laborer who throws switches of mine tracks in a coal mine.
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With Raritan's new slim and compact SwitchMan USB KVM switch, users can save space and money by controlling up to four computers with a single keyboard, monitor and mouse console -- as well as peripheral equipment, such as printers, digital cameras, iPODs, scanners, and external drives.
Such uses of the idea of personal responsibility--especially given that Farwell's injury was due to the negligence of a switchman whom Farwell had likely never met and over whom Farwell certainly had no control--functioned to obscure (1) that employees on the railroads were in fact engaged in wage labor for the benefit of the railroad company and its shareholders; and (2) that the legally constructed employment relation did not give employees the kind of power that they would have needed to exercise such responsibility over their working conditions.
A guy, fresh out of Harvard and an aspiring writer, eschews joining his father's modest publishing company, choosing to support himself instead through a series of laborer jobs - bricklayer, lumberyard worker, railroad switchman - then goes back to graduate school and teaches high school English for two years before taking a humble associate magazine editor position with the family business, which, 13 years later, he winds up running.
He's lived in Thunder Bay ever since -- 24 years -- and has worked for CN Rail for the last 22 as a switchman, brakeman and conductor.
Consider, for example, a switchman with a disability that prevents him from jumping on and off moving railroad cars.
Perhaps the worst was the third installment, released to theaters on the weekend before the election, which featured the coming invasion of the unemployed, using scenes of a hobo camp that appeared to have come from the film Wild Boys of the Road and an interview with a putative Southern Railroad switchman in Colton, who said that every arriving freight held about two hundred transients, some of them criminals.
Air Force and worked as a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad in Eugene for 38 years.
Following his service to his country, Bob started his career in the telephone industry in 1952 with New Jersey Bell and later moved to upstate New York and transferred his service as a switchman for New York Bell Telephone Company until his retirement in 1983.
No conductor, no tickets, no golden spike Glinting in the desert where track meets track, No signal, warning beacon, no switch or switchman, No boxcar, caboose, flange, no piston, Nothing but the soul's own eccentric motion Along rails converging to a vanishing point.
He was a gentle man, once a teenager who ran off to become a railroad switchman for the Illinois Central, who cultivated hydrangeas as big as brilliant blue globes.