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main line

1. Railways
a. the trunk route between two points, usually fed by branch lines
b. (as modifier): a main-line station
2. US a main road

Main Line


(Russian, magistral’; from Latin magistralis, “leading”).

(1) The main route, the primary line in communications (railroad main line, waterway main line).

(2) A wide and heavily traveled street in a large city.

(3) The main cable or wire in an electrical circuit or in tele-graph and telephone communications.

(4) The main pipe in a sewerage line or water system.

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Network Rail has invested in a "factory train" to reduce the cost and time of electrifying the Great Western main line, but so far it has not performed as expected.
The NAO report said improvements to the West Coast Main line and to Virgin's service had been a success, but warned this had led to passenger numbers rising more quickly than expected.
We just don't like cutting the main line," he said.
Photograph by Brian Davies / The Register-Guard Workers have begun replacing 35,000 railroad ties along a 30-mile stretch of the Union Pacific main line from Springfield to Shedd, a job that is expected to take until the end of the month.
Twice in the recent past franchises for the main line contract have been awarded, only for the "lucky" company to fall flat on its face.
As part of the city of Manassas Capital Improvement Program, Manassas' water transmission main line has been slated for an upgrade, replacing the 24-inch water transmission main line with a 36-inch main line.
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Andrew Adonis, Labour's Transport Secretary, announced the electrification of the Main Line but got the technology wrong.
Hulafrog, a national network of local community guides for families, has launched its latest website in the Main Line - West Chester, PA area.
VIRGIN Trains boss Sir Richard Branson has told MPs that the West Coast Main Line franchise faces financial collapse if it is handed to a rival rail company.
The scheme involves the Great Western main line between London and Swansea and the route between Manchester and Liverpool.
The driver is thought to have used his mobile to take a naked picture of himself on a Sheffield to London train he was operating for Midland Main Line.