a crude railroad of wooden rails or of wooden rails capped with metal treads.
British, tramline.
Mining. a track, usually elevated, or roadway for mine haulage.
Also called aerial railway, aerial tramway, cable tramway, ropeway. a system for hauling passengers and freight in vehicles suspended from a cable or cables supported by a series of towers, hangers, or the like: used over canyons, between mountain peaks, etc.

1815–25; tram1 + way1 Unabridged
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tramway (ˈtræmˌweɪ)
1.  another name for tramline
2.  (Brit)
 a.  a public transportation system using trams
 b.  the company owning or running such a system
3.  Also called (esp US): tramroad a small or temporary railway for moving freight along tracks, as in a quarry

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He tries to mix things up, hopping into a store and switching between taxis and the city's rundown tramway.
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