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Odd facts and trivia




just the ticket


fast track




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

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