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  • from a column by Vic Fleming, who researched this phrase:

    1: A railway car that has been converted into a residence for railway workers, usually located in a rail yard.

    2. A railway-related structure that has some of the qualities associated with a residence and that is located beside a train track.

    3: A residential structure located near a railroad track.

    4: A restaurant or bar with a railroad theme, or one that is near a railroad track.

    5. A descriptive term used in some business names of establishments near railroad tracks.

    August 20, 2014