rack railway(redirected from Rack-driven railway)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
See cog railway.
(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
a railroad having locomotives with a cogged center driving wheel engaging with a cogged rail to provide traction for climbing steeper grades.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||rack railway - railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction|