rack railway

noun

Origin:
1880–85

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

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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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