Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rail laid alongside the bearing-rails of a railway, having cogs into which works a cog-wheel on the locomotive: now used only in some forms of inclined-plane railway.
“No further rack-rail was built and one of the portions constructed was converted, but two short stretches of rack-rail remained near Puerto Plata, one of one mile and another of three miles.”
“The insurgents destroyed bridges and the rack-rail; the latter has not been replaced, and the four and ten per cent grades are now laboriously overcome by means of”
“The rack-rail feature being undesirable, plans were made for the construction of the road as an adhesion road.”
“And the Blenkinsop engine at Coxlodge was found very unsteady and costly in its working; besides, it pulled the rails to pieces, the entire strain being upon the rack-rail on one side of the road.”
“It was also very apt to get off the rack-rail, and then it stood still.”
“One of the chief causes of failure being the rack-rail, the idea occurred to”
“This new locomotive had a single 8-inch cylinder, was provided with a fly-wheel like its predecessor, and the driving-wheel was cogged on one side to enable it to travel in the rack-rail laid along the road.”
“Page 186 with teeth on the outside, and to let the engine turn a cogwheel, whose teeth should work into the rack-rail.”
“Encouraged by the success of Mr. Blenkinsop’s experiment at Leeds, Mr. Blackett determined to follow his example; and in 1812 he ordered a second engine, to work with a toothed driving-wheel upon a rack-rail.”
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