rack railway
noun Date: 1884 a railway having between its rails a rack that meshes with a gear wheel or pinion of the locomotive for traction on steep grades

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  • Rack railway — track using the Lamella system rack …   Wikipedia

  • rack railway — n. COG RAILWAY * * * …   Universalium

  • rack railway — n. COG RAILWAY …   English World dictionary

  • rack railway — rack′ rail way n. rai cog railway • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • rack-railway — /ræk ˈreɪlweɪ/ (say rak raylway) noun a steep railway fitted with a rack rail …   Australian English dictionary

  • rack railway — noun railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction • Syn: ↑cog railway • Hypernyms: ↑railway, ↑railroad, ↑railroad line, ↑railway line, ↑railway system …   Useful english dictionary

  • rack railway. — See cog railway. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • rack railway — noun a railway for steep slopes, having a toothed rail between the bearing rails which engages with a cogwheel under the locomotive …   English new terms dictionary

  • rack railway. — See cog railway. [1880 85] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stuttgart Rack Railway — The Stuttgart Rack Railway ( Zahnradbahn in German) is a rack railway in Stuttgart, Germany. It is the only urban rack railway in Germany and it is powered by electricity.Affectionately called Zacke ( spike ) by the residents of Stuttgart, the… …   Wikipedia

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