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rack railway

Origin of rack railway
1880-85 Unabridged
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  • It's usually called a cog railway or rack railway, and works when a steep mountain grade would make adhesion impossible.
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rack railway

a steep mountain railway having a middle rail fitted with a rack that engages a pinion on the locomotive to provide traction Also called cog railway
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