cog railway


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. cofound,
  2. cofounder,
  3. cofunction,
  4. cog,
  5. cog in the wheel,
  6. cog.,
  7. cogan-reese syndrome,
  8. cogency,
  9. cogeneration,
  10. cogenial

Origin of cog railway

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

Also called rack railway.

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British Dictionary definitions for cog railway

cog railway

cogway

/ (ˈkɒɡˌweɪ) /

noun

mainly US other terms for rack railway
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