TRAIN METAPHORS

 

There are a surprising number of common sayings or metaphors that came from railroading:

 

  • On the right track
  • Fallen by the wayside
  • Full steam ahead
  • Full head of steam
  • Letting off steam
  • Don’t blow your stack
  • End of the line
  • Backtrack
  • On the fast track
  • Wrong side of the tracks
  • Light at the end of the tunnel
  • Train wreck
  • Plans got derailed
  • Off the rails
  • On rails
  • Making headway
  • Chugging along
  • Watch your caboose
  • All aboard the _______ express
  • I’m on the express train to _______
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