noun (plural brakemen)
1 (British also brakesman) chiefly North American A railway worker responsible for a train’s brakes or for other duties such as those of a guard.
- Many jobs were no more nor less dangerous than thousands of posts in other walks of life, but for shunters, goods guards and brakesmen, permanent way staff and platelayers the story was different.
- While going downhill, each coach has a special ‘Chatelier’ brake, operated by a ‘brakesman’ based on the whistle codes from the driver.
- It was the junior brakeman's ‘duties’ to stock up the van with coke for the stove and to wash the floor to the satisfaction of his conductor.
2A person in charge of brakes, especially in a bobsleigh.
- With an eye toward the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, he wants to become a bobsledding brakeman - for Greece.
- Will Valerie Fleming, a former sprinter and javelin thrower and current brakeman for bobsled driver (and former pro soccer player) Shauna Rohbock, get her Olympic medal on the track at Cesana Pariol?
- He was the brakeman for the USA world bobsledding team that won the four-man national bobsledding championship at Lake Placid.
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