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raji June 20, 2008 02:25 AM


What is the spanish equivalent for the "cog-rail".

Also I want to translate the phrase "winding it's way up the hill side".

"Enrollando su camino ...." - I am stuck.


Iris June 20, 2008 02:44 AM

I don't think there is a specific word,so I would simply say: tren, or tranvĂ*a. The sentence would be: subiendo por la ladera de la colina, subiendo por la colina.

raji June 20, 2008 02:55 AM

Thanks Iris

Tomisimo June 20, 2008 08:07 AM

First of all, I wasn't 100% sure what you meant by cog rail. A cog railway is a railway in the mountains or going up a hill. It has cogs and the locomotive has a cogwheel, thus ensuring traction.

Maybe you can partially explain what it is:
tranvĂ*a dentada
tranvĂ*a con dientes
tren con rueda dentada
tren de montaña con rueda dentada
un tren cog railway con rueda dentada para subir la pendiente
I don't know if any of those sound good in Spanish :)

winding it's way up the hill side

El tren culebreaba de lado a lado mientras subĂ*a la colina/pendiente/ladera. :?:

María José June 20, 2008 08:11 AM

You say trAnvĂ*a, David.
Your translation sounds a bit weird, but I cannot come with anything better that conveys the same idea as wind up.

Tomisimo June 20, 2008 08:14 AM

Is there a word for switchbacks in Spanish? This is when a road or trail goes back and forth from one side to the other to climb a hill, so that the road isn't so steep.

María José June 20, 2008 08:18 AM

It seems the best translation is camino o carretera en zigzag. At least that's what I found,not that I've ever heard it myself.

Tomisimo June 20, 2008 08:43 AM

Hmmm perhaps you could use zigzag de alguna forma para decir que the train was winding up the hill. :)

Alfonso June 21, 2008 12:45 PM


Originally Posted by Tomisimo (Post 10875)
Hmmm perhaps you could use zigzag de alguna forma para decir que the train was winding up the hill. :)

There exists the verb zigzaguear. I don't know if it's suitable for what you mean.

sosia June 22, 2008 03:50 PM

Mountain train: tren de cremallera
saludos :D

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