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gandy dancer

old fashioned A worker in a railway gang who lays and maintains railroad tracks. My grandaddy worked as a gandy dancer building the first stretch of railroads across the state.
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The Gandy Dancers and Work Songs from the American Railroad" is a beautiful edition exploring early history of America's railroads, as expressed in popular traditional songs by the original Gandy Dancers.
Finally, readers and students of Gandy Dancers Songs are encouraged to make up their own poems, songs, or chants in the style of the Gandy Dancers.
When completed, the open aired, one-story structure adjacent to the Gandy Dancer Saloon, at the Smithfield Street entrance to Station Square, will seat 65 people, serve continental breakfast, lunch and dinner with personal table service and provide a multi-cultural experience for guests.
CO: The Garden Cafe; Grand Concourse Restaurant; Gandy Dancer Saloon
Q I remember an old song called The Gandy Dancers Ball - was it from a film?
I didn't want to take the train this morning, but I had no choice," Sharon Jaekel, who is five months pregnant and was aboard one of the trains in Friday's collision, said as her train inched past the site Saturday, past the crushed engines and twisted cars, the big cranes brought in to right derailed trains, the gandy dancers up the tracks in fluorescent yellow jackets.