Definition of Rack railway

1. Noun. Railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction.




Lexicographical Neighbors of Rack Railway

racistly
racists
rack
rack-mountable
rack-mounted
rack-renter
rack-renters
rack and pinion
rack and ruin
rack and snail
rack jobber
rack of lamb
rack off
rack one's brain
rack one's brains
rack railway (current term)
rack rate
rack rent
rack time
rack up
rackable
rackabones
racked
racked off
racker
rackers
racket
racket-tail
racket-tails
racket-tall

Literary usage of Rack railway

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New International Encyclopædia by Daniel Colt Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"The rack railway,'however, which was the precursor of the numerous Swiss ... The first rack railway carried out in Europe up a mountain slope was the ..."

2. Cassier's Magazine edited by [Anonymus AC02877163] (1910)
"This was a real rack railway, one rail having teeth cast upon one side, ... Some interesting relics of this first rack railway may be seen at South ..."

3. The Engineering Index by John Butler Johnson, Henry Harrison Suplee, Johannes H. Cuntz, Charles Buxton Going (1896)
"An Interesting, popular and well-illustrated article on the ascent of this mountain by rail. By Albert Spies.—Gassier, June, 1894. rack railway. ..."

4. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1911)
"The Montreux-Glion Electric rack railway (Die elektrische Zahnradbahn Montreux-Glion). George Zindel. Description of the propelling mechanism and track ..."

5. Street Railways: Their Construction, Operation and Maintenance. (Trams) A by Charles Bryant Fairchild (1892)
"Rack Rail : 187 Mount Washington rack railway 187 Engine and Car—Mount Washington Railway 188 Rack Bar 188 Entering Rack Rail 188 Pinion—Rack Rail ..."

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