Definition of platelayer in English:

platelayer

Line breaks: plate|lay¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈpleɪtleɪə
 
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noun

British
  • A person employed in laying and maintaining railway track.
    More example sentences
    • Perhaps the only trades which are exclusive to railways in their nomenclature are platelayers, shunters and signalmen.
    • The family consisted of Henry Webster, a railway platelayer then a stone quarryman labourer, born at Bakewell on April 14, 1850, and his wife Sarah, nee Smith, born at Rothwell in 1860.
    • But when each village station had a staff of up to a dozen, all told, plus the local lengthmen, platelayers and the like, the railway must have featured large in the village economy on a national scale.

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