The term “gandy dancer” has become a kind of folklore over the years and has been popularized in several songs, books and other great media. However, it originated in the railway as jargon to describe the workers who performed the task, incredibly difficult and laborious, to maintain the rails and sleepers before the days of mechanization. Video of Gandydancers in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1O2X890tig

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