• synonyms

rack railway

  1. cog railway.
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Origin of rack railway

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples

  • The Harz is penetrated by several railways, among them a rack-railway up the Brocken, opened in 1898.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1


British Dictionary definitions for rack railway

rack railway

  1. a steep mountain railway having a middle rail fitted with a rack that engages a pinion on the locomotive to provide tractionAlso called: cog railway
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