from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A worker employed to inspect a section of railroad track.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person employed to walk over and inspect a section of tracks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trackman who inspects a certain section of railway-track, especially before the passage of very fast trains, to look for breaks or other defects, and to tighten up wedges and nuts.


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  • What of the Subway trackwalker, purblind from gloom; the coalstoker, whose fiery tomb is the boiler room of a skyscraper; sweatshop workers, a flight below the sidewalk level, whose faces are the color of dead

    The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • The summer crept into autumn; autumn to early winter, bringing with it the transformation of the rickety old Ozark Central to a smooth, well-cushioned line of gleaming steel, where the trains shot to and fro with hardly a tremor, where the hollow thunder of culvert and trestle spoke of sturdy strength, where the trackwalker searched in vain for loose plates or jutting joints; but to Garrity, it was only the fulfilment or the work of a mechanical second nature.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921


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