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cog railway

noun
1.
a railroad having locomotives with a cogged center driving wheel engaging with a cogged rail, to provide sufficient traction for climbing steeper grades than is possible with ordinary wheels.
Also called rack railway.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for cog rail-way

cog railway

/ˈkɒɡˌweɪ/
noun
1.
(mainly US) other terms for rack railway
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