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permanent way

noun British.
  1. the roadbed and track of a railroad.
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Origin of permanent way

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • Time went by and so did the rail-head, leaving the two mysteries behind as permanent-way gangers.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 12, 1919


British Dictionary definitions for permanent way

permanent way

  1. mainly British the track of a railway, including the ballast, sleepers, rails, etc
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