Definition of tramway in US English:



  • 1British A set of rails that forms the route for a streetcar.

    • ‘They built barrel bridges, roads, tramways, light railways, trenches, bunkers, pontoon bridges, trestle bridges and the Inglis Bridge.’
    • ‘Miners and managers alike sometimes rode the tram, especially in the winter and early spring when avalanche dangers made the tramways the safest route to the mines.’
    • ‘The newly-constructed tramway route was opened to the public this morning and a ten minutes service will be maintained during the day.’
    • ‘The tramway ended near the Aydin railway station.’
    • ‘Shanghai began to dismantle its tramways in the 1960s and the last three tramways were dismantled in 1980.’
    • ‘Isis nodded resolutely and the two managed to retreat to an appreciable distance from the alley, before the girl finally broke down on the tramway; sinking to her knees in the process.’
    • ‘They also planned to construct an aerial tramway to bring ore to the mill.’
    • ‘But a 2,200-signature petition was handed to the panel from objectors who want to preserve the area and fear the Victorian tramway might also have to go.’
    • ‘Later, an aerial tramway was built to increase the efficiency of the transportation.’
    • ‘Turning level into Oaks Road, and across the tramway for the first time with confidence rising, he hit the front and eased away.’
    • ‘In addition there were railways on sugar and banana estates, and tramways in the Kingston metropolitan area and railway lines were laid to facilitate the bauxite mining industry.’
    • ‘But then again, I know that at Weymouth (and half a hundred other places for all I know) there is a tramway which took heavy rail vehicles, i.e. trains.’
    • ‘Because they were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.’
    • ‘The ruling effectively means any council operating a tramway where rails protrude one-fifth of an inch above road level pose a danger to drivers.’
    1. 1.1 A streetcar system.
      • ‘They also did not emit exhaust fumes, if the aim is simply to move lots of people quickly and cheaply, trolley-buses would seem to have the edge over tramways.’
      • ‘The expansion of tramway networks and their electrification took place largely in the first stage.’
      • ‘In 1902, several foreign companies once more applied to build a tramway.’
      • ‘He then listed all the benefits supposedly won for tramway workers by the union.’
      • ‘Pipelines, aerial tramways, hovercraft, and other means of transport supplement the principal modes.’
      • ‘The electrification of tramway networks was the main goal of Belgian holding companies.’
      • ‘And tramway workers cannot fight the offensive of the employers and the government alone.’
      • ‘By the late 1880s electric tramways, which ran on rails and picked up power from overhead cables, were becoming established in the major capitals of Europe.’
      • ‘The year 1913 saw the heaviest Belgian investment in tramways and light railways, and in the main this investment took place abroad.’
      • ‘The town's tramway was for a long time Britain's only working tramway outside of museums.’
      • ‘He and other rail enthusiasts are to lobby for a study to look at the feasibility and cost of such a link, which could either be a full railway link or a light rail option, such as a tramway.’
      • ‘In 1911, the York Corporation agreed to widen Goodramgate to make way for the electric tramway.’
      • ‘The tramway was built in the early 1900s, despite opposition to plans for it.’
      • ‘He proposed that the power should be granted for several sites outside the city to be purchased, and an automatic tramway or railway run to the centre from each.’
      • ‘The decline of the tramway system finally came with the competition of buses.’
      • ‘The Chairman pointed out in reply to a query that the products of the factory carried on the tramway were not for shipping but for railing.’
  • 2historical

    another term for tram road
    • ‘This service was necessary because the one ton buckets on the cable tramway from the mine to the concentrator didn't have the capacity to keep the concentrator supplied with iron ore.’
    • ‘The pits of the north-east used steam engines to pump out water, to pull coal up the shaft, and eventually to replace horses on colliery tramways connecting pits to the river Tyne.’
  • 3

    another term for cable car