dead rail

noun

Definition of dead rail

: one of two rails that are laid across a railroad track-scale platform but not connected with the weighing beam and that permit a locomotive or other load exceeding the capacity of the scale to move across the scale

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“Dead rail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead%20rail. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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