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a rail/railway tunnel
▪ the 15km long Gotthard railway tunnel
a railway bridgeBritish English, a railroad bridge American English (= for trains)
▪ Go under the railway bridge and turn right.
a railway/train/bus timetable
cable railway
elevated railway
light railway
railway lineBrE,railroad line American English
▪ The trail follows a disused railroad line along the edge of the valley.
railway line
▪ an old disused railway line
railway station
▪ I’ll meet you outside the main railway station.
train station/railway stationBritish English
▪ The route is waymarked throughout its length and uses footpaths, sections of disused railway line and some minor roads.
▪ They and their disused railway lines remind us of wealth in the last century - but unemployment during the last 50 years.
▪ Car blaze: Firemen attended a car fire on a disused railway line near Letch Lane, Stockton.
▪ Sites investigated included a disused railway tunnel and bogland in Nad.
▪ So were the great Victorian railway stations that we now profess to admire, almost uncritically.
▪ Their original conception involved a great railway station in one of the most important sites in the capital.
▪ When it was built in 1899, it was the last of the great railway hotels.
▪ Peterborough became the great railway and engineering centre that Stamford might well have become.
▪ We will encourage new schemes, using light railways and trams in cities.
▪ Kitsons' own designs for light railways, such as the Leek &038; Manifold in Staffordshire, were rugged and powerful.
▪ The only other opportunity in the foreseeable future is likely to be the new light railway in London's Docklands.
▪ If those words are retained in the legislation, those railways would still require a light railway order at some time.
▪ The company have retained the leisurely atmosphere of the turn-of-the-century light railway being situated off the major tourist circuits.
▪ Both produced passenger levels far greater than forecast and have encouraged more planning of urban light railways.
▪ Local authorities are demonstrating a growing interest in light railways as a cheap, energy-efficient transport solution in urban areas.
▪ Who knows, someday we might see the Minsterley and Shropshire-Montgomeryshire lines restored as light railways to solve Shrewbury's commuter problems!
▪ The latter were concentrated quite markedly in Stratford and Forest Gate within easy reach of the main railway line into the city.
▪ We go off to another site, reached by a quarter mile trek along the main railway line.
▪ Start at the Bahnhofstrasse, leading from the main railway station towards the Paradeplatz and the lake.
▪ The Great Central is Britain's only preserved main line railway.
▪ They went two stops to where Alice had seen a long low bridge along a main road over railway lines.
▪ And of course the main printing-offices were still near the town centre and the main railway station.
▪ Northallerton play next to the main East Coast railway line.
▪ In Johannesburg two men died in overnight bomb explosions at the city's main railway station.
▪ The creamy yellow flowers grew in profusion on the slopes of an old railway embankment.
▪ A genuine station building of great character - but of wooden construction and older than the railway itself!
▪ Huge pyres of old railway sleepers and fence posts are being built to burn the bodies.
▪ Then follow the line of telegraph poles to the remains of an old railway bridge.
▪ The old railway companies had almost Meccano kits for bridges which were built as standard in various places.
▪ There is also a very pretty walk here, along the old railway line to another picturesque village, Little Melford.
▪ Later on some old railway carriages situated on the farm were also used.
▪ The able-bodied had to saw up old railway sleepers and then chop up the pieces for sale as firewood.
▪ The project is a good example of co-operation between a preserved railway and a local bus company.
▪ Remember the preserved railway near you will be operating some form of Christmas promotion this weekend.
▪ The winner will receive two free wine and dine tickets on the preserved railway of his/her choice.
▪ Again we have been given right royal treatment by a preserved railway, following our wonderful trip to the Llangollen last year.
▪ My main concern about the Bill is its possible effect on some of our preserved railways.
▪ Barnes railway bridge was a sinecure compared with the limbo of the Willesden Marshalling Yards.
▪ Early the next morning they crossed a railway bridge over the Hantan River.
▪ Did you know that passengers on Lytham gas trams had to push them over the railway bridge in Lytham Road?
▪ Then follow the line of telegraph poles to the remains of an old railway bridge.
▪ Bathford slow, pegs around the railway bridge best.
▪ Across the gardens the river was wide, flat and moonlit, crossed some distance to the east by a railway bridge.
▪ And there was being thrown from the railway bridge and landing on top of the moving carriage.
▪ A track leads under a railway bridge and out to the course.
▪ It was in the railway carriage as Earle had been coming back from the late night rally in the North West.
▪ Leadburn Inn Dine in splendour in a beautifully converted railway carriage.
▪ Miranda and Angus sat in a velvet-lined, crimson booth that reminded her of an old-fashioned railway carriage.
▪ But I am old-fashioned enough to dislike hearing it flung about in railway carriages by mixed school parties.
▪ He gave a slight sardonic grunt, remembering how excited he had been in that railway carriage on his way to Carewscourt.
▪ Later on some old railway carriages situated on the farm were also used.
▪ The passenger in the railway carriage would drop his head into his newspaper and avert his eyes from the window.
▪ In 1866 he emigrated to Philadelphia, where he painted railway carriages in the workshops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co.
▪ The railway companies soon turned their attention to the presidency cities of Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta.
▪ Private stations often resulted from deals done by railway companies with landlords as part of the purchase of land for railway development.
▪ Indeed they often constituted the source of their communities when new villages were laid out by the railway companies beside them.
▪ First she lifted the lid of a trunk plastered with the labels of railway companies.
▪ The railway company always intended to lease the Euston as a first-class hotel but tried at first to run the Victoria itself.
▪ A railway company came to Wall's aid and before long a trial was held under floodlit conditions.
▪ Sometimes the blacksmith would take on commissions from other organisations such as repair work for local factories or railway companies.
▪ The creamy yellow flowers grew in profusion on the slopes of an old railway embankment.
▪ Sniffing alone or in dangerous places, such as railway embankments and by canals, can be more risky.
▪ On a barbed-wire fence dividing the railway embankment from the meadow a lamb was caught.
▪ On his way drunkenly from the pub to the wood one night he fell down a railway embankment on to the line.
▪ Emotions have been running high in the community since James's body was found on a railway embankment.
▪ Back at the car, the two tarts still slouched against the wall next to the railway embankment.
▪ His mutilated body was found on a railway embankment in Walton last Sunday.
▪ Playing on the railway embankment was well beyond that tolerance.
▪ Yet railway enthusiasts do not know exactly which month it opened.
▪ On Sunday the railway enthusiasts move in.
▪ To the railway enthusiast, however, it was the location of a crack Southern Railway and Southern Region steam depot.
▪ The railway enthusiasts have spent six months and £5,000 repairing the Peckett Locomotive in time for the start of the steam weekends.
▪ Read in studio A lifelong railway enthusiast has been celebrating his perfect birthday.
▪ From there he told Wesley Smith about his life as a railway enthusiast, composer and rock climber.
▪ The walk was started by T.V. star Fred Wedlock who is himself a railway enthusiast.
▪ Few railway lines were built for non-economic reasons.
▪ James was found dead beside a railway line in Liverpool after disappearing from a shopping precinct in Bootle last month.
▪ We go off to another site, reached by a quarter mile trek along the main railway line.
▪ But when she did come back, with her own children, the railway line had been closed.
▪ The figure on the tracks was moving forward, stepping across the thrumming railway lines.
▪ Along the length of the railway line were timber yards, rope works, maltings and an iron foundry.
▪ The alert was raised after dozens of the large rodents were spotted on Main Street and by the railway line.
▪ Within a few months, she had started a small clinic in a shed near the railway lines.
▪ Steam on the kitchen window cuts off the railway lines, making the tiny kitchen for once a friendly place.
▪ A quilted spread of ground descending an easy slope to the railway lines.
▪ These included bombs on London railway lines and a daring rocket attack on the headquarters of MI6 by the Thames.
▪ Soon villages by railway lines became centres of new craft industries, in wood-carving and other allegedly traditional bric-a-brac.
▪ They and their disused railway lines remind us of wealth in the last century - but unemployment during the last 50 years.
▪ The second half of the nineteenth century saw suburban development along the railway lines stretching out of Paris.
▪ Two other viaducts on the Borders railway network are also for sale, on the same terms.
▪ Canals also linked together the stagecoach and railway networks making long distance journeys easier.
▪ Birmingham is a the hub of the motorway and railway networks of Britain.
▪ Prussia had a railway network of 11,000 kilometres.
▪ Sir David Serpell's report suggested axing 85 percent of the railway network.
▪ The focal point of the policy developed by the government was the construction of a railway network.
▪ Radical plans for the railway network will be pushed through in parallel with the continuation of the huge road-building programme.
▪ Dzerzhinsky frequently thought of the railway network in very similar terms.
▪ Behind the taxis is a crowded railway station and beyond that, the port.
▪ The tube workers had a whip-round to pay for a taxi to the railway station.
▪ The film's adolescent hero becomes an assistant at a sleepy railway station.
▪ The incident to which my hon. Friend refers happened on track outside the railway station.
▪ Transport Organise trouble-free transport to and from the railway station, airport, or bus depot.
▪ Then she smiled at me in a brusque, dismissive manner and directed me to the railway station.
▪ This includes a hotel, nightclub, restaurants, new railway station and expansion of the ground.
▪ Their many satisfied customers include gas and electricity companies, motor manufacturers, circuit board makers and steam railway maintenance organisations.
▪ There is a chance to carry out your own experiments, a steam railway, and a special laboratory for young people.
▪ But it was still a steam railway and remained so until after the turn of the century.
▪ The recession has obviously had an adverse effect on attractions throughout the country, not least of all steam railways.
▪ Railway: At the weekend you may actually become a train driver for a short distance on the steam railway!
▪ Upon completion, the loco will run on the E.L.R. with brief visits perhaps to other steam railways.
▪ There is an excellent zoo, some spectacular caves, a steam railway, and much more.
▪ All over the railway system, similarly expensive bridges and tunnels are nearing collapse.
▪ With the modernisation of the railway system, Brooke End signal box was abandoned, its structure left to stand forlorn.
▪ West Rail has been packaged into 17 civil engineering construction and 20 railway systems contracts.
▪ The Glasgow underground railway system like the London underground counterpart has some very strange and totally unexplained events.
▪ Indeed George Stephenson originally envisaged the railway system as an extension of the colliery system.
▪ The railway system continued to figure largely in high political planning in 1922.
▪ The lack of an efficient railway system was a major contributing factor to the stagnant economy.
▪ Indeed, tighter financial targets increasingly conflicted with the consensual political decision to maintain a certain size of railway system.
▪ Reliably tied-in with the railway timetable are the yellow post-buses which take mail and people to every village.
▪ A railway timetable provides a good and simple example of a prudential practice.
▪ So tennis fans can, for the moment, pout away their railway timetables.
▪ Then he looked in a railway timetable for a town that he did not know.
▪ The delays caused by such action can have considerable impact on services because the integrated railway timetable is very susceptible to disruption.
▪ We know that a war can start over a telegram, a railway timetable or the ear of some one called Jenkins.
▪ Now consider a man standing beside the railway track, who witnesses the flash emitted just as the servant passes him.
▪ He frightened train crews who saw him walking aimlessly on the railway tracks as if he were a real person.
▪ Brother Mariadas led me across the railway tracks to the Rehabilitation Centre.
▪ The railway tracks and pedestrian walk ran along the upper level-the top of the box.
▪ Voice over There's 42 miles of railway track in the 15 square miles the base covers.
Workers in other public enterprises were also prevented from striking although this did not stop strikes by postal and railway workers.
▪ Mr Brown said the former railway worker often said he felt he was dying but never hinted he might kill himself.
▪ In settler colonies, a higher proportion of railway workers was white.
▪ He had been a railway worker and was called to the ministry.
▪ The 53-year-old railway worker abused his stepdaughter and two step-granddaughters in a 12-year reign of terror.
▪ He had also been a trade union official, once leading a strike of railway workers in 1989.
▪ The fertility rate of railway workers declined rapidly following the expansion of promotion hierarchies at the end of the century.
▪ The miners were joined by striking railway workers, who halted freight traffic.
▪ The latter, involving heavy industry, was made possible by the building of the railways.
▪ One could build not only a railway terminal there, but the fifth London airport and no one would notice.
▪ Landless peasants suited Doumer; they could be employed in mines or on rubber plantations, or to build roads and railways.
▪ It was no way to build railways.
▪ The original payoff for building the railway was a swathe of the adjoining land.
▪ They were building new railways across the world, but there had to be an extraordinary reason to do that in Britain.
▪ If you want to build a railway then Jim and his team will consider manufacturing the rolling stock for you.
▪ His killer ran off towards Banbury railway station where police say they found a weapon hidden in the men's toilet.
▪ Make no mistake running a railway is big business.
▪ It also runs along an old railway trackbed, in this instance that of the East Norfolk Railway.
▪ She then ran back to the railway station and met up with her boyfriend.
▪ Fifteen states have passed laws enabling private operators to run roads and railways: the state of Washington did so last month.
▪ And along the base of the fell runs the highest railway in the country, the famous Settle to Carlisle line.
▪ The Basingstoke Canal runs parallel with the railway in the background.
▪ This was partly the result of the practical difficulties of running the railway with the resources available.
▪ And what's the Ghost Train but a model railway set of which one becomes a passenger?
▪ But the railways were also involved in the next stage of the life of some of the fruit harvested round the country.
▪ He was sent at the age of 14 to work as an office boy at the city railway station.
▪ It was no way to build railways.
▪ Scientific illustration meant not only pictures of animals, plants and rocks, but also of bridges, gas-works and railways.
▪ The state railway, disrupted on Monday when farmers laid blazing barricades across the tracks, faces more trouble.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Railroad \Rail"road`\ (r[=a]l"r[=o]d`), Railway \Rail"way`\ (r[=a]l"w[=a]`), n.

  1. A road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted to be tracks for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a bed or substructure.

    Note: The modern railroad is a development and adaptation of the older tramway.

  2. The road, track, etc., with all the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and constituting one property; as, a certain railroad has been put into the hands of a receiver. Note: Railway is the commoner word in England; railroad the commoner word in the United States. Note: In the following and similar phrases railroad and railway are used interchangeably: Atmospheric railway, Elevated railway, etc. See under Atmospheric, Elevated, etc. Cable railway. See Cable road, under Cable. Ferry railway, a submerged track on which an elevated platform runs, for carrying a train of cars across a water course. Gravity railway, a railway, in a hilly country, on which the cars run by gravity down gentle slopes for long distances after having been hauled up steep inclines to an elevated point by stationary engines. Railway brake, a brake used in stopping railway cars or locomotives. Railway car, a large, heavy vehicle with flanged wheels fitted for running on a railway. [U.S.] Railway carriage, a railway passenger car. [Eng.] Railway scale, a platform scale bearing a track which forms part of the line of a railway, for weighing loaded cars. Railway slide. See Transfer table, under Transfer. Railway spine (Med.), an abnormal condition due to severe concussion of the spinal cord, such as occurs in railroad accidents. It is characterized by ataxia and other disturbances of muscular function, sensory disorders, pain in the back, impairment of general health, and cerebral disturbance, -- the symptoms often not developing till some months after the injury. Underground railroad Underground railway.

    1. A railroad or railway running through a tunnel, as beneath the streets of a city.

    2. Formerly, a system of co["o]peration among certain active antislavery people in the United States prior to 1866, by which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach Canada.

      Note: [In the latter sense railroad, and not railway, was usually used.] ``Their house was a principal entrep[^o]t of the underground railroad.''
      --W. D. Howells.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1812 in modern sense, from rail (n.1) + way (n.). Earlier used of any sort of road on which rails (originally wooden) were laid for easier transport (1776).


n. 1 (label en chiefly UK Ireland and Commonwealth) A track, consisting of parallel rails, over which wheeled vehicles such as trains may travel. 2 (label en chiefly UK Ireland and Commonwealth) A transport system using these rails used to move passengers or goods.

  1. n. line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a railway system [syn: railroad, railroad line, railway line, railway system]

  2. a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track" [syn: railroad track, railroad]

Railway (disambiguation)

A railway is a means of transport.

Railway, Railways or The Railway may also refer to:

Usage examples of "railway".

Fortunately there is little changed here: my old Albergo, -- ruinous with earthquake -- is down and done with -- but few novelties are observable -- except the regrettable one that the silk industry has been transported elsewhere -- to Cornuda and other places nearer the main railway.

There can be no such conjunction, no amalgamation of interests, until a railway shall have been made joining the Canada Grand Trunk Line with the two outlying colonies.

The making of the railway of which I have spoken, and the amalgamation of the provinces would greatly tend to such an event.

He expected to find the Hallowells in a tenement in some more or less squalid street overhung with railway smoke and bedaubed with railway grime.

January, the Sirdar learned that the Khalifa had changed his mind, and had sent peremptory orders to Mahmud to advance and drive the British out of Berber, and destroy the railway.

She wrote little about herself, but went into raptures about the great city, about its reviving ruins, about the women, girls and youths who had come here from all parts of the country to rebuild the city, living in cellars, gun emplacements, blindages and bunkers left after the fighting, and in railway cars, plywood shacks and dug-outs.

French coast in clear daylight, penetrated thirty miles inland, and bombed a railway marshalling yard near Rouen.

It was quite normal that, if a city had suffered a particularly heavy raid, several railway batteries would be sent there immediately, partly to strengthen the defences against any follow-up raids, but mainly to bolster the morale of the bombed civilians.

So he wrenched himself away with what dignity he might, and, relapsing into his natural or Buskin phase as soon as he got outside, comforted himself with a glass of stiff whiskey and water at the refreshment bar of the railway station before getting into the train for London.

So far, she, too, was under the spell of that reputation the Capataz de Cargadores had made for himself by the waterside, along the railway line, with the English and with the populace of Sulaco.

For example, the tunnel of a tube railway is an event at rest in a certain time-system, that is to say, it is cogredient with a certain duration.

Railways were damaged and the Lichtenberg Power-Station put out of action, which left the main railway line to Hamburg cut and several eastern districts of the city without electricity the following day.

The great thoroughfare between Transcaucasia and Russia is from Tiflis to Vladikavkaz, the terminus of the Moscow-Rostof railway, by way of the Dariel road, a stupendous engineering success completed in the reign of Nicholas.

There were her eyes--they still seemed to her rather bright, in spite of the lines round them--the eyes she had shaded in the railway carriage because Dubbin praised them.

The great girder bridges over the Menai Strait and at Saltash near Plymouth, erected in the middle of the 19th century, were entirely of wrought iron, and subsequently wrought iron girder bridges were extensively used on railways.