way station

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Trains & railways
way stationˈway ˌstation noun [countable] American English 1 TTT old-fashioned a place to stop between the main stations of a railway2 a place where you can stop before going on somewhere elseway station to The refugee camps, however dreadful, were a way station to their dream.
Examples from the Corpus
way stationSix legendary singers gather in a way station after death.For Farini the Great, the tightrope was only an adventurous way station on a roller-coaster journey through life.In those days, the big waiting room looked like a Kurdish way station.People thronged to the midnight service, as if the manger were the last way station on earth.