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What does the term gandy dancer mean?

Learn how the term gandy dancer originated during the 19th century.

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A "gandy dancer" was a slang term for a railroad worker.

A track laborer. The name derived from the special tools used for track work made by the Gandy Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois.

These tools were used during the 19th century almost universally by section gangs.

 

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