cog railway


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The resort and its surrounding community offer some of New Hampshire’s best skiing, two golf courses, plenty of hiking, and a historic cog railway that travels to the top of Mount Washington. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 Nearby Pikes Peak is a national forest with hiking trails and a cog railway. Lea Lane, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2023 The mountain today is a popular attraction for tourists, who ascend the top via hiking trail, precarious auto road or popular cog railway. Fox News, 29 June 2022 Dropped from consideration was a billion-dollar cog railway, a transportation staple that has virtually eliminated private automobiles in some of Europe’s famed alpine destinations. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 June 2021 The cable car service first opened in August 1970 after almost three years of works to replace a cog railway, its website said. NBC News, 23 May 2021 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, 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,, 21 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cog railway was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Cog railway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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