rack railway

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rack railway

rack railway

n
(Railways) a steep mountain railway having a middle rail fitted with a rack that engages a pinion on the locomotive to provide traction. Also called: cog railway

cog′ rail`way


n.
a railroad having locomotives with a cogged center driving wheel engaging with a cogged rail to provide traction for climbing steeper grades.
[1895–1900, Amer.]
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Noun1.rack railway - railway for steep mountainsrack railway - railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction
railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system - line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
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Wayne Presby, who also owns the Mount Washington Cog Railroad and previously owned the Mount Washington Resort, said there has been some confusion with the name over the years, but he believes CNL has created an unnecessary public relations problem because it's very unlikely that it will prevail.
Pike's Peak Cog Railroad is the highest of its type anywhere.
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