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Odd facts and trivia

backtrack

 

just the ticket

 

fast track

 

derailed

 

make the grade

 

get sidetracked

 

on the wrong track

 

on the right track

 

One-track mind

 

off track

 

living on the wrong side of the tracks

 

All of the whistles and bells.  The final stage of the railway that travelled 1,907 miles across America was  celebrated by fixing the last rail into position with a golden spike.

"The Central Pacific company had thirty locomotives gayly decked ranged on the city front, and at the signal of a gun announcing the driving of the last spike on the road the locomotives opened a chorus of whistles, and all the bells and steam whistles in the city joined." May 10, 1869.

 

 

Sabotage - "the practice by striking French railway workers of cutting the sabot [metal shoe] that held railroad tracks in place. The word appears in English in 1910 and early use specifically refers to the French railroad strikers."

whistle stop tour

 

Letting off steam

 

popping off

 

blowing smoke

 

blowing your stack

 

tunnel vision

 

light at the end of the tunnel

 

keeping/staying on track

 

end of the line

 

that's the ticket

 

chugging along

The railways had a tremendous impact across the world.  Many words and phrases we use today can be traced back to a railway origin.  Think about if you have heard these said and why.  The connections are obvious.

A couple of slightly more obscure ones