from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In railroad signaling, the man in charge of a railroad switch-and-signal tower. See tower, 9, and signaling.
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He also asked the towerman to telegraph ahead to Dover for a substitute engineer.
The towerman had just been relieved from duty, and met Ralph with eager welcome as he was approaching the place.
There's no one there but the towerman, and he can't leave duty, and you won't stop because you're on a fast run.
The room - mate referred me to a locomotive engineer and, being a towerman, gave me the exact location of his engine.
His statements suggested the advisability of questioning his room - mate, a towerman in Miraflores freight-yards.
The memoir gives an in-depth history of the Elmira, Cortland and Northern railroads from the perspective of a man who labored for the greater part of his life as a towerman in Cortland.