rack railway

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rack railway

[′rak ′rāl‚wā]
(civil engineering)
A railway with a rack between the rails which engages a gear on the locomotive; used on steep grades.
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Take a ride on the world's steepest cogwheel train to the top of Mt.
There are hiking trails to be taken through the rugged terrain, easily accessible by cogwheel train from either Arth-Goldau or Vitznau.
There are hiking trials of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, restaurants, picnic grounds, spectacular views, playgrounds, a toboggan slide, and the possibility to ride in the steepest cogwheel train in the world.
The wreckage of the cogwheel trains - one with a carriage full of passengers heading up the mountain, the other a nearly empty two-car train coming down - was being cleared to be taken to a railyard for examination.