from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flat rail laid upon a continuous longitudinal sleeper.
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Plaines River, twelve miles, -- in a very cheap way, to be sure; as a second-hand strap-rail was used, and half-worn cars were picked up from
By 1849 the Cumberland Valley Railroad was in poor condition; the strap-rail track was worn out and new locomotives were needed.