from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A morbid fear of railway travel.
He tells you the easiest way to get there via the Long Island Railroad, and you almost collapse at once. You have been struck by siderodromophobia, the fear of railroad traveling.
But if you suffer from siderodromophobia (fear of trains), Greyhound buses also run to and from New York City.
Kigler gives the name of siderodromophobia to a particular phase of nervous irritability exhibited by railroad employees, the result of prolonged service and exposure to constant jar, which is liable to be exacerbated by traumatic influences in a very active and disturbing manner, especially in those who have shown any predisposition to its existence.
This word is Greek in origin, coming from 'sidero,' iron, plus 'dromos,' a race course, and 'phobos,' fear.