railway

[reyl-wey]
noun
1.
a rail line with lighter-weight equipment and roadbed than a main-line railroad.
2.
a railroad, especially one operating over relatively short distances.
3.
Also called trackway. any line or lines of rails forming a road of flanged-wheel equipment.
4.
Chiefly British, railroad.

Origin:
1770–80; rail1 + way1

railwayed, adjective
railwayless, adjective
interrailway, adjective
prerailway, adjective
unrailwayed, adjective
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railway or (US) railroad (ˈreɪlˌweɪ)
 
n
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
 
n

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There were a lot of outside investors, immigrants and railways.
However, mckay continued to work as a waiter on the railways.
It is the place of intersection of many major roads, railways and waterways.
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