Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Wrought-iron suitable for making articles for railroad use, as coupling-links, pins, etc.
  • noun Iron or steel pieces used in railroad construction or operation, as rails, wheels, couplers, etc.
  • noun Steel rails: the first rails having been of iron, the term has been carried over to the newer practice.

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Examples

  • & John's mills for making railroad-iron, -- and Deborah, their cousin, a picker in some of the cotton-mills.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 42, April, 1861

  • Meanwhile, the others had razeed a frigate, the _Merrimac_, and upon an angular roof laid railroad-iron to make her shot-proof.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • Her armor consisted of railroad-iron bars securely bolted upon the sides and ends of the long covered box built upon her nearly submerged hull.

    The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner

  • Meanwhile, the others had razeed a frigate, the Merrimac, and upon an angular roof laid railroad-iron to make her shot-proof.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • "You could use that railroad-iron that I saw 'em heat red-hot an 'bend, down in the valley," she suggested.

    In Old Kentucky

  • His business affairs had prospered, and besides the glue-factory he was making railroad-iron at Ringwood, New Jersey, and Bethlehem,

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 11 Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Businessmen

  • There were the father and son, -- both hands, as I said, in one of Kirby & John's mills for making railroad-iron, -- and Deborah, their cousin, a picker in some of the cotton-mills.

    Life in the Iron-Mills; or, the Korl Woman

  • We were delayed all that day in waiting for our consort, and improved our time by verifying certain rumors about a quantity of new railroad-iron which was said to be concealed in the abandoned Rebel forts on St. Simon's and Jekyll Islands, and which would have much value at Port Royal, if we could unearth it.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

  • Our commodities being in part delivered at Fernandina, our decks being full, coal nearly out, and time up, we called once more at St. Simon's Sound, bringing away the remainder of our railroad-iron, with some which the naval officers had previously disinterred, and then steamed back to Beaufort.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

  • We were delayed all that day in waiting for our consort, and improved our time by verifying certain rumors about a quantity of new railroad-iron which was said to be concealed in the abandoned Rebel forts on St. Simon's and Jekyll Islands, and which would have much value at Port Royal, if we could unearth it.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

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