from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A railroad-car upon which a small derrick is mounted, used especially for clearing the line of wrecks or other obstructions.
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To rig a tackle for a three-hundred-foot lift was another matter; but even while the derrick-car stood idle on the spur waiting for the cable equipment from the mine, a laughing boy of a surgeon from the hospital was lowered with the first of the linemen to the snow-field where the three men roped together had fallen, and surgical aid reached them before sunset.
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