rack railway


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

Examples of rack railway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wengen, reached by rack railway, shares a ski area with Grindelwald -- not the dark wizard from Harry Potter but the scenic village at the foot of the Eiger's infamous North Face. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 Since taking its first passengers up the mountain in June 1891, the train has remained famous for being the highest railway in America and the highest rack railway in the world at 14,115 feet. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rack railway

1884, in the meaning defined above

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27 Dec 2021

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“Rack railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rack%20railway. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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