rack rail ExamplesWord Origin noun
- (in an inclined-plane or mountain-climbing railway) a rail between the running rails having cogs or teeth with which cogwheels on the locomotive engage.
Origin of rack rail First recorded in 1830–40 Examples from the Web for rack rail Historical Examples of rack rail
It was also very apt to get off the rack-rail, and then it stood still.
He obtained a patent, in 1811, for the application of a rack-rail.
The cog-wheel on this latter shaft worked in a rack-rail placed in the centre of the track.
M. Baird, et. al..