cog railway

  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.

Origin of cog railway

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

Words Nearby cog railway Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cog railway in a sentence

  • 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) /

  1. mainly US other terms for rack railway

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