Definition of rack railway in English:

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rack railway


A railway with a toothed rail between the bearing rails which engages with a cogwheel under the locomotive, for very steep slopes.
Example sentences
  • This was not the first rack railway in Switzerland, but it is still there, still steam, and is as good an example as one can now find.
  • The first rack railway was built in Rigi in 1873 and the one to Jungfrau mountain in 1898.
  • You can also take the easy option and ride the early morning rack railway up the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak.

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