Rail upon rail of costumes

What's the meaning of the phrase "rail upon rail of something"?

Is this a common phrase?

I guess it means many layers(a lot) of costumes, but I couldn't find it in the dictionary or internet.

  • Where did you find this? I don't have much idea either... – Nihilist_Frost Oct 23 '15 at 2:54

In this context rail literally means a rail:

A bar or series of bars fixed on upright supports or attached to a wall or ceiling, serving as part of a barrier or used to hang things on

[emphasis added] http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/rail

X upon X is a common construction in English, and means many Xs.

So rail upon rail means many rails.

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I guess it means "lots of costumes", as in the amount of costumes is so massive that when you hang them up on racks/rails, they take up many.

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