rack railway

noun

Definition of rack railway

: a railway having between its rails a rack that meshes with a gear wheel or pinion of the locomotive for traction on steep grades

First Known Use of rack railway

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Rack railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rack%20railway. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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