train dispatcher


: a railroad employee who directs the movement of trains within a division and coordinates their movement from one division to another

Examples of train dispatcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just after 9 am on December 6, 1917, in Halifax, mustachioed 45-year-old train dispatcher Vincent Coleman knew the lazy plume of smoke coming from the explosive-laden vessel in Halifax harbor was a terrifying portent of worse to come. Rachel Lance, Wired, 6 Aug. 2020 At one train terminal, every train dispatcher had fallen ill, leaving supervisors to take their place. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2020 Wendt also thanked the train dispatchers and 911 dispatchers in Kenton County who helped. Chris Mayhew,, 6 July 2018 Supervisors weren’t confirming that workers were following procedure, and track workers weren’t given vital pieces of equipment that would have warned a train dispatcher that there were men on the tracks. Jason Laughlin,, 30 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of train dispatcher was in 1855

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“Train dispatcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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