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cog railway

noun
1.
a railroad having locomotives with a cogged center driving wheel engaging with a cogged rail, to provide sufficient traction for climbing steeper grades than is possible with ordinary wheels.
Also called rack railway.
Origin of cog railway
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
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  • It was their intention to make the Springs the turning point of the trip, with a side trip by the cog railway to Pike's Peak.

    The Rover Boys on a Tour Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for cog railway

cog railway

/ˈkɒɡˌweɪ/
noun
1.
(mainly US) other terms for rack railway
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