cog railway


Definition of cog railway

: a steep mountain railroad that has a rail with cogs engaged by a cogwheel on the locomotive to ensure traction

Examples of cog railway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Festivities for the July 3 birthday of the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway are scheduled at the base station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Clark would hike to the top, call them from telephones at the visitors center, then take the cog railway or hitch a ride to the bottom with a car on the Auto Road. Billy Baker,, "Did a bad plan save this Mount Washington hiker’s life?," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of cog railway

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Cog railway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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