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 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

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First Known Use of cog railway

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cog railway was in 1896

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“Cog railway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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