|Engineer||hogger, hoghead, driver|
|Conductor||Ram-rod, conducer, The Brains, skipper|
|Brakeman||brakie, pinner, pinhead, baby lifter|
|Yard Master||yard goat, dinger|
|Yard crew||yard rats, hostler|
|Car inspector||car knocker, wheel knocker, car toad, car tonk|
|Track worker||Gandy Dancer, snipe|
|Passengers||peeps (short for "people")|
|Railroad detective||bull, cinder dick, pussyfoot (in plain clothes)|
|Railroad executive||Brass Hat|
|Locomotives||hogs, lokies, power, motors|
|Caboose||hack, crummie, brain box|
|Mainline||main, iron, high iron, high rail|
|Cut||string of cars|
|Vandals||little terrorists, munchkins|
"On the high iron, let the big dogs walk"
means the caboose is over the switch and on the mainline so open the throttle all the way on the locomotives
"All black, well stacked, goin' down the track clickity
means the train looked good on the visual roll-by inspection.
"Pull the pin" or "let's pull the pin and roll"
means "uncouple so we can get out of here"
"Highball it out of here."
Proceed at maximum permissible speed
"Double the hill"
means the train is split in half to get up a grade
"We are on the ground!"
means the train has derailed
means when you approach the limit of your track warrant and have not received a new warrant, you mosey up to the limit prepared to stop.
A railroad employee traveling as a passenger
Describes the movement of a heavy train, such as a coal drag
"Dump the air"
Emergency application of the air brakes causing a train to stop abruptly
A crew change out.
The caller called a dog catch to catch a dog.
Caller – A person whose job it is to call out a train crew.
Dog Catch – A crew sent to relieve a crew that has worked the legal limit.
Catch a dog – Catch a slow moving train.