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SCLS Live Steam Railroading Glossary

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Beginning With: "P"
PADDLE Semaphore signal
PADDLE WHEEL Narrow-gauge locomotive with driving boxes outside of the wheels
PAIR OF PLIERS Conductor's punch
PALACE Caboose
PAPER CAR Baggage car for the transportation of newspapers exclusively
PAPERWEIGHT Railroad clerk, office worker. Also called pencil pusher
PARLOR Caboose. Parlor man or parlor maid is hind brakeman or flagman on freight train
PASSING THE CROAKER Being examined by company doctor
PEAKED END Head end of train. Also pointed or sharp end
PEANUT ROASTER Any small steam engine
PECK Twenty minutes allowed for lunch
PEDDLE To set out freight cars
PEDDLER Local way-freight train
PELICAN POND Place outside a roundhouse (down South) where there is much ooze and slime, caused by the fact that many locomotives are run thirty days without the boilers being washed out. The boilers are kept clean by blowing them out with blowoff cocks
PERSUADER Blower (for locomotive fire)
PETTICOAT Portion of the exhaust stack that guides exhausted steam into the stack proper. When this becomes displaced, the spent steam goes back through the flues, cutting off the draft from the fire
PIE-CARD Meal ticket. Also called grazing ticket
PIG Locomotive. Pig-mauler is locomotive engineer; pigpen locomotive roundhouse. (See hog)
PIKE Railroad
PIN AHEAD AND PICK UP TWO BEHIND ONE Cut off the engine, pick up three cars from siding, put two on the train, and set the first one back on the siding
PIN FOR HOME Go home for the day
PINHEAD Brakeman. Pin-lifter is yard brakeman. Pinner is a switchman that follows. Pin-puller is a switchman that cuts off cars from a train. The old-style link-and-pin coupler (now rarely used) was called Lincoln pin
PINK Caution card or rush telegram
PLANT Interlocking system
PLUG One-horse passenger train. Also throttle of old-style locomotive; hence engineers were known as plug-pullers. Plugging her means using the reverse lever as a brake instead of the air. Local passenger trains are sometimes referred to as Plug runs
PLUSH RUN Passenger train
POCATELLO YARDMASTER Derisive term for boomers, all of whom presumably claimed to have held, at some time, the tough job of night yardmaster at Pocatello, Idaho
POLE To run light. (See light)
POLE PIN Superintendent of telegraph
POP To let safety valve on boiler release, causing waste of steam, making a loud noise, and, when engine is working hard, raising water in boiler, thereby causing locomotive to work water
POP CAR Gasoline car or speeder, used by section men, linemen, etc.; so called because of the put-put noise of its motor exhaust
POPS Retainers
POSITIVE BLOCK Locomotive engineer
POSSUM BELLY Toolbox under a caboose or under some wrecking cars
POUND HER Work a locomotive to its full capacity
POUNDING THEIR EARS Sleeping, making hay
PUD Pick up and delivery service
PULL FREIGHT To leave or to give up a job
PULL THE AIR Set brakes by opening conductor's valve or angle cock
PULL THE CALF'S TAIL Yank the whistle cord
PULL THE PIN Uncouple a car by pulling up the coupling pin. A boomer expression meaning to resign or quit a job
PULLER Switch engine hauling cars from one yard to another at the same terminal. Also the operator of an electric truck that transfers baggage and mail around a terminal
PURE-FOOD LAW See dogcatchers
PUSHER Extra engine on rear of train, usually placed there to assist in climbing a grade
PUSSYFOOTER Railroad policeman
PUT 'ER ON Make a reduction in air in the train's braking system. Put 'er all on means apply emergency brake, more commonly described as big-holing her
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