from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A locomotive used for drawing freight-trains.
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One summer's day he stood on a high mountain with a railroad in the valley, and saw a great freight-engine stop still and pour out its masses of dense black smoke.
"Toomey, of 'E' Troop, fireman on the big freight-engine!
Get _me_ permission to ride on any freight-engine, Mountain Division, for the next three days, and I'm off for the mines before we're half a day older, and no man here or there the wiser. "