AskDefine | Define stationmaster

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stationmaster n : the person in charge of a railway station [syn: station agent]

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English

Noun

  1. The person in charge of a railroad station, usually an employee of a particular railroad by which the station is owned, but sometimes an employee of a separate corporation, such as one owning a station used by two or more railroads.

Extensive Definition

The station master was the person in charge of railway stations, in the United Kingdom and some other countries, before the modern age. He would manage the other station employees and would have responsibility for safety and the efficient running of the station.
Invariably, he would be provided with a substantial house and, in rural communities, would have significant social standing.
Notably in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s many of these small stations were closed and the station master's house, along with other railway property, sold off. Typically, these buildings retained their original name and in many communities the Station Master's House can still be found as a private dwelling or converted into a restaurant.

References

stationmaster in Japanese: 駅長

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