Definition of permanent way in English:

permanent way


  • The finished trackbed of a railway together with the track and other permanent equipment.

    ‘engineers are repairing the permanent way following the derailment’
    • ‘The engineering feasibility study found a number of difficulties in the simple reinstatement of the permanent way.’
    • ‘There were men called ‘linemen’ who were responsible for their own stretch of the permanent way (about a mile or so).’
    • ‘The system has to follow the Railway Act, under which the Metro Rail will be a permanent way and none can travel on that.’
    • ‘Many jobs were no more nor less dangerous than thousands of posts in other walks of life, but for permanent way staff the story was different.’
    • ‘The two companies have been awarded the tender to construct the permanent way of the Northern Railway line extension project.’