a crude railroad of wooden rails or of wooden rails capped with metal treads.
Mining. a track, usually elevated, or roadway for mine haulage.
Also called aerial tramway, aerial railway, cable tramway, ropeway . a system for hauling passengers and freight in vehicles suspended from a cable or cables supported by a series of towers, hangers, or the like: used over canyons, between mountain peaks, etc.
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How to use tramway in a sentence
“People are now planting bombs in the tramways of Algiers,” he said in 1957, when he was in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize.
The streets are traversed by tramways, and a railway runs north-eastward to Merida.
Electric tramways and omnibuses serve all parts of the city, and numerous ferries ply across the river.
I appeared before the board with a carefully prepared model of the tramways I proposed.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands | George Francis Train
Tramways are not permitted, as they cut up the roadway; omnibuses above ground and railways below will suffice instead.
Nearly a hundred lines of omnibuses and tramways in Paris intersect each other in every direction.The Harris-Ingram Experiment | Charles E. Bolton
British Dictionary definitions for tramway
another name for tramline (def. 1)
a public transportation system using trams
the company owning or running such a system
Also called (esp US): tramroad a small or temporary railway for moving freight along tracks, as in a quarry
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