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1A small locomotive used for shunting.‘the shunters seem to be engaged in a game of hide-and-seek with the trucks’
- 1.1 A railway worker engaged in shunting.‘one of the shunters rode on the engine’
- ‘The total included carmen, seamen from the cross-Channel ferries, hotel and catering staff as well as those more predictable grades of cleaner, fireman, guard, shunter and driver.’
- ‘The crew consisted of the stoker and driver, the guard and assistant guard, the shunter, the station master (or should I say ‘person’) and the signalman.’
- ‘Engine and shunting drivers, technologists and their assistants, shunters, points-men and signalers were involved.’
- ‘The Statistical Office translated ‘railway employment’ to mean those jobs which could not be done other than on the railway - signalman, guard, platelayer, shunter, etc.’
- ‘The shunter had one of the railway's most dangerous jobs, particularly in the Enfield yards - the largest in Australia, containing over one hundred miles of track.’
- ‘More than 800 railway shunters, signal operators and pointsmen from 10 stations across Sri Lanka struck for 24 hours on May 26 to demand a salary increase.’
- ‘These were the employees who operated the railway: the station staff, the signalmen, the shunters and the guards on the trains.’
- ‘Anthony, who also works on the railway as a shunter, took up running after seeing how it improved Martin's fitness.’
- ‘On the same day points-men and shunters at the Sri Lankan Railway Dematagoda work site suddenly walked out on strike on October 20 to protest the withholding of overtime pay.’
- ‘Railway shunters, pointsmen, signalmen and yardmasters began an indefinite strike at midnight on August 5, demanding the immediate settlement of salary anomalies.’
- ‘Arthur, now 73 was working as a shunter in the railways and Alma, 69 worked as a credit assistant at the Morses store in Swindon.’
- ‘There were no passengers on board, there would have been a driver or a shunter involved but there are no injuries.’
- ‘Leaning on the arm of her mother for support, Mrs Neha told the inquiry that her husband had become a shunter after being made redundant as a locomotive engineer.’
- ‘Points-men and shunters at the Sri Lankan Railway work site in Maligawatte, Colombo struck on October 25 over a management decision to cut two hours' overtime pay from every 24 hours worked.’
- ‘Perhaps the only trades which are exclusive to railways in their nomenclature are platelayers, shunters and signalmen.’
- 1.1 A railway worker engaged in shunting.
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