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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In railroading, a lock for controlling the ends of the track-rails at the edge of a drawbridge, where the rail-ends must be raised before the draw can be opened. It locks the rails in their raised position and at the same time locks all train-signals against the bridge until the bridge is closed and the rails are lowered.


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