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Railway Jargon, Extinct Idioms and Quaint Sayings

culvertA culvert is a structure that allows water to flow under a road, railroad, trail, or similar obstruction from one side to the other. The bottom slab of concrete box-type structures should be placed on reasonably dry foundation material of sufficient uniformity to prevent differential settlement of the structure.
die in harnessto die while still working or active, prior to retirement

19th century Anerican pre-cast bridge culvert