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- noun UK A
railway employeewho inspects and maintains the permanent wayof a railway installation.
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- noun a workman who lays and repairs railroad tracks
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The data being given, by a theodolite or otherwise, an intelligent platelayer can easily set out the curve, while the trained engineer proceeds in advance with the theodolite.
Wardell helped to make the present railway, and has worked for fifty-five years as a platelayer on the line.
When first I met him he was in the railway service, a labourer on the permanent way, what is called a surfaceman in Scotland, a platelayer in England and a milesman in Ireland.
We need a standard so universal that the platelayer may say to the barrister or the duchess, or the Red Indian to the
"A Blackburn platelayer," it is stated, "who has just died at the age of seventy, left £400, which he had accumulated out of his small earnings.
Father was killed on the line — he was a platelayer, he was — and mother went on the drink and took up with a horse-racing man.”
"For a long time there had been a feud between Pritchard and another man of the name of Wynne, a platelayer on the line.