Footplate (noun)

A flat surface or platform, typically made of metal, on which a person can stand while operating machinery or vehicles, such as a locomotive or steam engine.


Derived from the middle english word 'fotplate' meaning a plate or platform for the feet.


  1. The train driver stood on the footplate, ready to depart.
  2. The steam engine had a small footplate for the operator to stand on.
  3. The engineer had to climb up to the footplate to check the controls.
  4. The footplate provided a secure and elevated vantage point for the operator to see over the top of the engine.
  5. As a train enthusiast, he loved to visit museums and see the old locomotives with their footplates.
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