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flangeway (plural flangeways)
- (rail transport, historical) An early type of railway that used flanged rails rather than flanged wheels.
- (rail transport) The gap in road surfaces, running rails at rails at junctions, etc, that allows the wheel flange of a rail vehicle to pass.
- 1895, Tables and Diagrams of Switches and Crossings: A Handy Platelayer's Guide, 3rd edition edition, Bemrose and Sons, Flangeway clearance, page 22:
- The factors in determining the width of flangeways between check rails and the main rail are the thickness of the wheel flange and the clearance allowed […]
- 1980, United States Department of the Army, Maintenance of Trackage, United States Department of Defense, Chapter 3 Track Structure Elements, Section 3–31. Turnouts and Crossovers, Paragraph 18.104.22.168, page 3–35:
- Insure that ample flangeway is available between the open point of switch and the stock rail; this is controlled by flange width of crane wheels using the track system
- (space for rail wheel flange): groove
- (type of railway): edgeway
- (space for rail wheel flange): flange rail