Whistle stop train tour

Whistle stop train tour

A whistlestop or whistlestop tour is a style of political campaigning where the politician makes a series of brief appearances or speeches at a number of small towns over a short period of time. Originally, whistlestops were conducted from the open platform of an observation car or a private railroad car.

In the 1800s, when travel by railroad was the most common means of traveling long distances over the vast expanses of land in the United States, politicians would charter tour trains which would travel from town to town. At each stop, the candidate would make a speech from the train, but might rarely set foot on the ground.

Use of the term has spread to cover any travel done very quickly and with only brief pauses. It is common to hear this expression in the United Kingdom and other countries as well as the United States where the term originated.


The following are examples of whistle stop train tours:

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  • whistle-stop — 1. noun A small train station. 2. adjective Extremely brief and hurried. Weve only got 30 minutes at the stadium, so Ill give you a whistle stop tour. See Also: whistle stop cafe, whistle stop train tour …   Wiktionary

  • whistle-stop — ☆ whistle stop [hwis′əl stäp΄, wis′əl stäp΄ ] n. 1. a small town, orig. one at which a train stopped only upon signal 2. a brief stop in a small town as part of a tour, esp. in a political campaign; orig., such a stop in which the candidate spoke …   English World dictionary

  • whistle stop — noun a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal • Syn: ↑flag stop, ↑way station • Hypernyms: ↑railway station, ↑railroad station, ↑railroad terminal, ↑train station, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • whistle-stop — I. ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. a. : a small station at which trains stop only on signal : flag stop b. : a small community : tank town posters that brought in the yokels from fifty miles around every whistle stop we played Bennett Cerf …   Useful english dictionary

  • whistle-stop — /hwis euhl stop , wis /, v., whistle stopped, whistle stopping, adj. v.i. 1. to campaign for political office by traveling around the country, originally by train, stopping at small communities to address voters. 2. to take a trip consisting of… …   Universalium

  • whistle-stop — I. noun Usage: often attributive Date: circa 1925 1. a. a small station at which trains stop only on signal ; flag stop b. a small community 2. a brief personal appearance especially by a political candidate usually on the rear platform of a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whistle stop — whis′tle stop n. 1) gov a small unimportant town, esp. one along a railroad line 2) gov a short talk from the rear platform of a train, esp. during a political campaign 3) gov a brief appearance, single performance, or the like in a small town,… …   From formal English to slang

  • whistle stop — 1. a small, unimportant town, esp. one along a railroad line. 2. a short talk from the rear platform of a train, esp. during a political campaign. 3. a brief appearance, single performance, or the like, in a small town, as during a political… …   Universalium

  • whis|tle-stop — whistle stop, U.S. Informal. 1. a small, little known town along a railroad line at which a train stops only when signaled. 2. a stop at such a town or station for a brief appearance or speech, as in a political campaign tour: »When the campaign… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Meteor (train) — For the train called Silver Meteor, see Silver Meteor. The Meteor 4500 moved to its permanent position in Tulsa, OK. The Meteor was a named passenger train operated by the St. Louis San Francisco Railway (a.k.a SLSF or the Frisco ). It ran… …   Wikipedia

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