cog railway

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cog railway

A railway designed to operate on steep slopes and having a locomotive with a center cogwheel that engages with a cogged center rail to provide traction. Also called rack railway.

cog railway

(ˈkɒɡˌweɪ) or


(Railways) chiefly US other terms for rack railway

cog′ rail`way

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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cog railway - railway for steep mountainscog 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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It has probably earned its tag because it is possible to reach the summit not only on foot but by car or cog railway (as we did).
Linked to the Italian resort of Cervinia, there's some 360km of beautifully-maintained pistes, mountain-top hotels and restaurants reached by an efficient cog railway as a delightful alternative to cable cars and chairlifts (although they've lots of those, too), a chic and busy town with plenty of entertainment on offer after the pistes have closed .
A simpler way to take this in was on the charming Schynige Platte cog railway to the Alpine Garden.
4t, before the sections were transported to Sonnalpin midway station on a rack-and-pinion or cog railway before being lifted to site by a helicopter from Swiss airline Heliswiss.
Part V Cog railway repair of brake; 42 (50%) / 36 months.
Sitting comfortably on the Mount Washington Cog Railway - the world's first cog-driven mountain climbing train - we were guided up the steep incline by a friendly, informative conductor.
Hike down or take the Broadmoor's Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
Housed in the lower level of the Mount Washington State Park visitor center, the museum aims to explain the cold, wind, snow and ice to the 300,000 people who reach the summit by foot, car or cog railway each summer.
One of the technologies that's in consideration is the cog railway," Allegra says.
The world's highest cog railway," some six miles from my house, has been taking visitors to the top of the Peak since 1891.
The tourism in the region as affected as the cog railway that runs up the 4,302-metre (14,115ft) high Pikes Peak had to shut because of the rising smoke plumes in the air.
Live summit video from the 14,115-foot (4,302-metre) peak showed plumes of dark smoke billowing in the air, and a cog railway that ferries tourists up the side of the famous mountain was shut down because of the wildfires.