Unknown Track Device

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by TrainClown, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Diesel John

    Diesel John Member

    Trainclown, it look's like everyone beat me to the punch, it is a derail all right, most derails are in the yards to protect shop tracks or tracks where people are working. That's there main purpose, to derail a locomotive before it runs you over. All Mechanical tracks in most yards that have service tracks, use derails as a safety precaution, once staff are going to work on a track, derails are put in place. Every derail will be marked on a pole with a "D" as in the picture. The one in the picture is a double derail, this will derail from both directions. This type of derail is when you have rolling stock movement on either sides therfore each side protects the other. If you look at the switch lock theres only one, that further tells that only one direction is being protected, if there were 2 locks then both sides would be protected. Each employee must apply a lock to the derail for protection. And only the employee that applied the lock can remove it. In the event that a lock is left on the supervisor then must ensure the track is clear prior to removing the lock.
  2. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Thanks Lads. The funny thing is, that I've never seen a derailer on a layout. Now that I know what a re-railer looks like, I have seen tham on a model and wondered what they were for. Has anyone seen derailers on a layout?

    John, with your excellent discription, I think I will add derailers to my switching yard. They wont work, but a nice detail for my hand laid track project.

    TrainClown ;)
  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I assume you mean other than #4 Atlas snap switches, crooked track, and sharp S curves? :D Fred
  4. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    Good one Fred, I have a couple pieces of rolling stock that are derailers. :D
  5. Mike Desira

    Mike Desira New Member

    I was going to say that someone parked the rails in the wrong place and they got clamped.

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