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branch line

a rail line, directly or indirectly connected with a main line, having its own stations and service.
Origin of branch line
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For branch-line passenger service is closely related to this last phase of automobile competition.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • He was still tied and blindfolded, and I hope to be buried alive in a branch-line town if he wasn't getting bored.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • I got to some little junction at last where I had to wait an hour for a branch-line train.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • branch-line service in every part of the land has been a neglected feature of railroad opportunity—as we shall see in due course.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • Maids, courier, and heavier luggage had been sent on earlier by the branch-line.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • For one thing, the branch-line railroad does not often run in a genuinely competitive territory.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • They are new, but they do represent the practical working of the great opportunity in branch-line railroading.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • They reached a railroad track, the quadruple track of a branch-line from New York to Philadelphia.

    Morale Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for branch-line

branch line

(railways) a secondary route to a place or places not served by a main line
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