from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In railroading, the cabin, building, or tower which contains the levers of a signaling-plant or the handles, buttons, etc, of an electric switch-system; a signal-tower (which see). See signaling.
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To walk, even to stand, was impossible; I crawled along the railroad track, collapsing, resting, going on again, whipping my will power to the task of keeping my brain clear, until after a nightmare that seemed to last through centuries I lay across the door of the switch-tower in which the light was burning.
He did not hear a raging of telephone-bells in the switch-tower, nor the man, as he leaned out and called to. 007's engineer: "Got any steam?"
"There's the city limits, that switch-tower on the Belt Line.