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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