Did you know the term “beans” on the railroad means it’s time to eat? Ever heard of a gandy dancer? What’s a mother and slug? Did you know that a shoo-fly is a railroad term for a by-pass track? The rail industry has its own unique vernacular that has developed over nearly 200 years and is used by railroaders and railfans alike. BNSF has curated an industry-specific alphabet for rail enthusiasts who want to brush up on their rail knowledge or learn something new.

Learn 26 historically rich railroad terms.