a rail line with lighter-weight equipment and roadbed than a main-line railroad.
a railroad, especially one operating over relatively short distances.
Also called trackway. any line or lines of rails forming a road of flanged-wheel equipment.
Chiefly British, railroad.

1770–80; rail1 + way1

railwayed, adjective
railwayless, adjective
interrailway, adjective
prerailway, adjective
unrailwayed, adjective
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railway or (US) railroad (ˈreɪlˌweɪ)
1.  a permanent track composed of a line of parallel metal rails fixed to sleepers, for transport of passengers and goods in trains
2.  any track on which the wheels of a vehicle may run: a cable railway
3.  the entire equipment, rolling stock, buildings, property, and system of tracks used in such a transport system
4.  the organization responsible for operating a railway network
5.  (modifier) of, relating to, or used on a railway or railways: a railway engine; a railway strike
railroad or (US) railroad

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Example sentences
The railway's official hotel, walking distance to downtown.
Which is now deep in darkness, but the railway's there yet.
The railway garden and all plant collections are open for viewing.
These belts were to be made up of a series of small platform railway cars
  strung together.
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