switch engine

noun

Definition of switch engine 

: a railroad engine used in switching cars

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Cole saw the threatened crash and signaled the engineers of the straining switch engines full speed ahead. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Train tower toppled," 19 Mar. 2018 There will also be a real locomotive, a diminutive switch engine capable of operation that will not run during the exhibit but will sit out front heralding Train Science. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, "Train Science hits the rails at the Great Lakes Science Center (photos)," 20 Oct. 2017 The two-time world champion has yet to commit to McLaren for the 2018 season although since the British team switched engine suppliers from Honda to Renault, it is widely expected that Alonso will continue with the team. Amanda Davies, CNN, "Fernando Alonso hails 'different culture' of American sports fans," 17 Oct. 2017

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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