gravity railroad


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gravity railroad

[′grav·əd·ē ′rāl‚rōd]
(engineering)
A cable railroad in which cars descend a slope by gravity and are hauled back up the slope by a stationary engine, or there may be two tracks with cars so connected that cars going down may help to raise the cars going up and thus conserve energy.
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America's first roller coaster had its roots in the Mauch Chunk gravity railroad in Pennsylvania, a nine–mile downhill track that was originally used for delivering coal, but was soon offering thrill–rides to paying passengers.
The Delaware and Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad Conservancy (Westtown, N.
WAYNE -- Towpath to Trail Phase 2A, plan preparation for use of Lock 31 House as a canal history museum, $51,000, Wayne County Historic Society; -- Towpath of Trail Phase 2B, preparation of master site plan for 16 acres surrounding the Lock 31 House, $31,000, Wayne County Historic Society; -- Rehabilitation of the Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad Depot, $178,000, Waymart Area Historical Society; WESTMORELAND -- Acquisition of an abandoned rail right of way for the Kiski Junction Trail, $331,000, Alle-Kiski Revitalization Corp.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will join the Lackawanna Historical Society for a ceremonial unveiling of a replacement roadside historical marker for the Pennsylvania gravity railroad at 4 p.