Ferry railway
Railroad Rail"road` (r[=a]l"r[=o]d`), Railway Rail"way` (r[=a]l"w[=a]`), n. 1. A road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted to be tracks for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a bed or substructure. [1913 Webster]

Note: The modern railroad is a development and adaptation of the older tramway. [1913 Webster]

2. The road, track, etc., with all the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and constituting one property; as, a certain railroad has been put into the hands of a receiver. [1913 Webster]

Note: Railway is the commoner word in England; railroad the commoner word in the United States. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the following and similar phrases railroad and railway are used interchangeably: [1913 Webster]

{Atmospheric railway}, {Elevated railway}, etc. See under {Atmospheric}, {Elevated}, etc.

{Cable railway}. See {Cable road}, under {Cable}.

{Ferry railway}, a submerged track on which an elevated platform runs, for carrying a train of cars across a water course.

{Gravity railway}, a railway, in a hilly country, on which the cars run by gravity down gentle slopes for long distances after having been hauled up steep inclines to an elevated point by stationary engines.

{Railway brake}, a brake used in stopping railway cars or locomotives.

{Railway car}, a large, heavy vehicle with flanged wheels fitted for running on a railway. [U.S.]

{Railway carriage}, a railway passenger car. [Eng.]

{Railway scale}, a platform scale bearing a track which forms part of the line of a railway, for weighing loaded cars.

{Railway slide}. See {Transfer table}, under {Transfer}.

{Railway spine} (Med.), an abnormal condition due to severe concussion of the spinal cord, such as occurs in railroad accidents. It is characterized by ataxia and other disturbances of muscular function, sensory disorders, pain in the back, impairment of general health, and cerebral disturbance, -- the symptoms often not developing till some months after the injury.

{Underground railroad} {Underground railway}. (a) A railroad or railway running through a tunnel, as beneath the streets of a city. (b) Formerly, a system of co["o]peration among certain active antislavery people in the United States prior to 1866, by which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach Canada.

Note: [In the latter sense railroad, and not railway, was usually used.] ``Their house was a principal entrep[^o]t of the underground railroad.'' --W. D. Howells. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ferry railway — Ferry Fer ry, n.; pl. {Ferries}. [OE. feri; akin to Icel. ferja, Sw. f[ a]rja, Dan. f[ae]rge, G. f[ a]hre. See {Ferry}, v. t.] 1. A place where persons or things are carried across a river, arm of the sea, etc., in a ferryboat. [1913 Webster] It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ferry railway station — was a railway station in Norfolk. It was on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway between Sutton Bridge and Wisbech. It was located in Norfolk, as the border curved around the line, taking it briefly out of Cambridgeshire. It was located a …   Wikipedia

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  • Birkenhead Monks Ferry railway station — was a railway station in Birkenhead, Wirral, England. It was situated very close to the River Mersey.For most of its life, the station was part of the Chester and Birkenhead Railway, a joint railway.The station was originally opened without… …   Wikipedia

  • Downham and Stoke Ferry Railway — Locale King s Lynn and West Norfolk Dates of operation 1882–1898 Successor Great Eastern Railway Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) ( …   Wikipedia

  • Rock Ferry railway station — Infobox UK station name = Rock Ferry manager = Merseyrail code = RFY locale = Rock Ferry borough = Wirral pte = Merseytravel zone = B1 usage0405 = 0.378 usage0506 = 0.396 usage0607 = 0.371 platforms = 2 years = 1891 1903 events = Opened… …   Wikipedia

  • Broughty Ferry railway station — Infobox UK station name = Broughty Ferry code = BYF caption = Broughty Ferry railway station manager = First ScotRail locale = Broughty Ferry borough = Dundee City lowusage0405 = 4,943 lowusage0506 = 4,996 lowusage0607 = 6,271 platforms =… …   Wikipedia

  • Stoke Ferry railway station — Infobox UK disused station name = Stoke Ferry caption = locale = Stoke Ferry borough = line = Downham and Stoke Ferry Railway manager = owner = London and North Eastern Railway platforms = 2 latitude = longitude = gridref = years = August 1 1882… …   Wikipedia

  • Abbotsford Ferry railway station — Infobox UK disused station name = Abbotsford Ferry caption = locale = Melrose borough = Selkirkshire line = Edinburgh and Hawick Railway manager = North British Railway owner = London and North Eastern Railway platforms = ? latitude = longitude …   Wikipedia

  • Briton Ferry railway station — Infobox UK station name=Briton Ferry other name=Llansawel code=BNF manager=Arriva Trains Wales gridref= lines=South Wales Main Line locale=Baglan borough=Neath Port Talbot lowusage0405 = 18,687 lowusage0506 = 18,019 lowusage0607 = 18,332… …   Wikipedia

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