• WordNet 3.6
    • n railway a line of track providing a runway for wheels "he walked along the railroad track"
    • n railway line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The railway official The railway official
American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the...
Too Much of a Railway-Man Too Much of a Railway-Man
The underground railway The underground railway
Siemens's electric railway Siemens's electric railway

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people
    • Railway 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.
    • Railway 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In France, it is illegal for a person to kiss another on railways
    • n railway In mech. engin., broadly, a way composed of one or more rails, or lines of rails, for the support, and commonly also for the direction of the motion, of a body carried on wheels adapted to roll on the rail or rails, or lines of rails. The wheels of railway-cars are now more usually flanged; but in railways forming parts of machines they are sometimes grooved, or they may run in grooves formed in the rails.
    • n railway A way for the transportation of freight or passengers, or both, in which vehicles with flanged or grooved wheels are drawn or propelled on one or more lines of rails that support the wheels of the vehicles, and guide their course by the lateral pressure of the rails against the wheels; a railroad. (See railroad.) The parts of an ordinary passenger- and freight-railway proper are the road-bed, ballast, sleepers, rails, rail-chairs, splices, spikes, switches and switch mechanism, collectively called permanent way, and the signals; but in common and accepted usage the meaning of the terms railway and rail-road has been extended to include not only the permanent way, but everything necessary to its operation, as the rolling-stock and buildings, including stations, warehouses, round-houses, locomotive-shops, car-shops, and repair-shops, and also all other property of the operating company, as stocks, bonds, and other securities. Most existing railways employ steam-locomotives; but systems of propulsion by endless wire ropes or cables, by electric locomotives, and by electromotors placed on individual cars to which electricity generated by dynamos at suitable stations is supplied from electrical conductors extending along the line, or from storage-batteries carried by the cars, have recently made notable progress. Horse-railways or tramways, in which the cars are drawn by horses or mules, are also extensively used for local passenger and freight traffic; but in many places such railways are now being supplanted by electric or cable systems.
    • n railway A railway in which cars are drawn by pneumatic locomotives. Scarcely more success has been reached in this method than in that described above.
    • n railway pl. Naut., iron jackstays bolted on the under side of standing gaffs which carry fore-and-aft sails, with or without booms. Small grooved iron shapes called “travelers” are sewed to the head of the sail, and slide along the railway, so that the canvas may be spread along the gaff by means of a whip or outhaul.
    • n railway A railway built under enactments to secure light charges for transportation.
    • n railway A short track upon which cars are run, generally by gravity, and which passes through artificial scenery intended to be beautiful or weird: a source of amusement at pleasure-resorts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The forth railway bridge is a meter longer in summer than in winter due to thermal expansion.
    • Railway a road or way laid with iron rails on which carriages run
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  • John Betjeman
    John Betjeman
    “People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low Ger. regel, prob. through O. Fr. reille; cf. Ger. riegel, a bar. Some refer to L. regula through O. Fr. reille.


In literature:

The third act was not the instalment; it was the Bondavara Railway.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
In 1857 entered the railway service as telegraph operator on the Illinois Central Railway.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Ille-et-Vilaine, 36 m. N. of Rennes on the Western railway.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The spread of railways throughout the country gradually put an end to this system.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Escape from the city by the Railway Station till you meet the cactus and the mud-bank and the Maharaja's Cotton-Press.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
A railway connects Ronne with Nekso (22 m. E. by S.), where a bust commemorates J.N.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
It's an involuntary spasm of bad-manners, like sneezing over a crowded railway-carriage.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
The control of the service in districts served by railway rests entirely in the hands of the railway companies.
"The Development of Rates of Postage" by A. D. Smith
There is also a large trade with the interior by railway, river, and canal.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
There is a swivel railway bridge.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
"Love has no ending.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
Oh do not fear the railway
Because it seems so big--
Dost thou not daily trust thee
Unto thy little gig.
"To The Rev. A. A. In The Country From His Friend In London" by Horace Smith
Deep sighing of the darkness
And choking swallowed tears,
A railway engine's calling
Down from the sixteenth verst.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
And yet it but seems like a shadow
Of things that can never be—
Did I ever work on a railway?
And did Dante follow me?
"An Old Copy Of Dante" by Alexander Anderson
And my thoughts, along with the music
Which the great sad poet sings,
Flow back to a time that mingles
With the crash of railway things.
"An Old Copy Of Dante" by Alexander Anderson
What marvel, then, that seeing, day by day,
The engine rush along,
That I send you, from out the "four-feet way,"
This book of railway song.
"To My Readers" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The Lake Shore Railway Historical Society is planning a trip to the Cuyahoga Valley scenic railway on Saturday, Sept 15.
Great Scenic Railway Journeys is an Emmy Award-winning public television series that profiles some of the world's most historic and scenic tourist railways.
The nation's lifelines — its roads, airports, railways and transit systems — are getting hammered - 7:25 pm.
Board the Railway Museum's antique train, and see Mount Si and the top of Snoqualmie Falls this weekend.
San Francisco police are asking for the public's help in finding out more information about an attack on a Municipal Railway station agent by an angry bicyclist last month.
Steam power will reign again at the Midland Railway's Labor Day Weekend Railfest.
Gov Rick Perry intended his plan for a public-private $175 billion toll road and railway system to be a major part of his political legacy.
Outage held up at least 300 trains in the region, Indian railway spokesman says.
Thousands of pounds of marijuana were found floating inside a railway tank car in L.A. As Betty Nguyen reports, the train car entered the US from Mexico.
Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris for a Day Out with Thomas on Nov 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18.
Families in tow, young children explored a realm of story characters brought to life over the last two weekends at Snoqualmie's Northwest Railway Museum.
Train enthusiasts can hop aboard Thomas the Tank Engine for a fun and educational ride at the Illinois Railway Museum's "A Day Out With Thomas".
The longest railway in the world is an economic lifeline to the towns it passes through.
Amidst the Bronx's miles of highways and railways, another force steadily rushes by: the Bronx River.
John Bohn A historic train station, built in 1871 to serve the city of Duluth, is now restored and will soon be open to the public at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth.

In science:

On a probability problem connected with railway traffic. J.
Additive functionals on random search trees
For instance we may consider a railway track in some static geometry.
Generalizing Optical Geometry
Hans Garmo, Asymptotic properties of the connectivity number of random railways, Adv. in Appl.
The length of closed geodesics on random Riemann Surfaces
We do not know of any general study, but a few examples of this type have appeared in the literature: Garmo [8, 9] studied random railways; these are regular (typically cubic) graphs where the vertices (representing switches) have connection graphs that are stars.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random regular graphs
Garmo, Random railways modeled as random 3-regular graphs.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random regular graphs