- the roadbed and track of a railroad.
Origin of permanent way
First recorded in 1830–40
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Time went by and so did the rail-head, leaving the two mysteries behind as permanent-way gangers.
- mainly British the track of a railway, including the ballast, sleepers, rails, etc
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