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Diffence between a Railway and Rail Road?

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I'm trying to name my garden railway/rail road, and trying find out if there is a subtle difference (or not so subtle) between "railway" and "rail road"?  Are they equally interchangeable or is there a difference?
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Last time someone asked, I recall the concensus was that the UK uses Railway, and the USA uses Railroad. Probably something to do with the desire not to be seen as a colony slavishly following European practice?

Which doesn't explain why the GR magazine is Garden Railways, although the editor seems to be a fan of UK narrow gauge trains!
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