Jerk-water meaning

(rail transport, pejorative) A branch line train, using light equipment.
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(US, colloquial, pejorative) Of an inhabited place, small, isolated, backward.
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(US, colloquial, pejorative, rail transport) Railroads with low traffic.
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(US, rail transport, dated) To fill a steam locomotive water tank manually from natural water supplies.
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(US, colloquial, pejorative) Of inhabited places, small, insignificant, isolated, backwards.
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