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 for switch engine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Switching \Switch"ing\,
     a. & n. from Switch, v.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Switching engine, a locomotive for switching cars from one
        track to another, and making up trains; -- called also
        switch engine. [U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  switch engine
      n 1: a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
           [syn: switch engine, donkey engine]

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