Definition of light railway in English:

light railway


  • A railway constructed for light traffic.

    • ‘It had a track gauge of 60 cm, and this was applied to all light railways constructed by the British.’
    • ‘There are advanced plans for light railways in various regions.’
    • ‘Russia had had wide experience, some of it bitter, with light railways during the Russo-Japanese War.’
    • ‘On the whole, the directive is advantageous to the rail network, but it is not advantageous to trams and light railways, nor to community and heritage railways.’
    • ‘Since 1973 there has been a significant increase in both the number of light railways coming into being and the facilities they offer.’
    • ‘In 1888 light railways also were used on the construction of the ‘Nord-Ostsee-Kanal’.’
    • ‘Some of these regulations affect light railways and tramways as well as conventional railways.’
    • ‘Two railway Acts of the 1860s mention light railways and in 1870 the Tramways Act was passed.’
    • ‘Demand for passenger and freight cars for light railways was met completely by domestic manufacturers.’
    • ‘It was the first major line engineered by the young Arthur Pain who went on to construct several other light railways, notably the Southwold and the Axminster & Lyme Regis.’
    • ‘China is planning to construct subways and light railways in more than 20 cities, covering a total length of 850 kilometres, the Beijing-based Guangming Daily reported yesterday.’