Gentleman, I would appreciate your help please regarding the arrangement of Narrow Gauge switch-stands - specifically D&RGW practice.
1) Is there a specific name for the 2 long timbers that (? presumably ?)also act as track ties that are extended beyond the line of ties to carry the switch-stand ?
They are not specifically named in D&RGW diagrams but simply listed according to length together with all the other switch ties.
2) Switch-stands are always shown on the diverging route side in D&RGW Standard Design drawings but what happens if space is restricted & it would be safer for the fireman/switch-man to throw the switch from the "straight", non-diverging route ?
The obvious problem there is that for those who insist on driving their locos from the right-hand side of the cab, the driver/engineer could not see the switch-stand or any hand signals given by the switch-thrower.
- but I have seen photos that appear to show a "wrong-sided" switchstand.
3) In situation (2) above, which takes preference - the safety of the switch-man or the convenience of the engineer ?
4) Is the stretcher-bar/switch-stand operating rod ever extended under an adjacent track to a remotely sited switch-stand ?
I can't give a precise historical data answer, but can give a general principle - while not to be taken as holy writ, there is a general principle in model railroading that eventually a prototype can be found for almost anything.
Now, given that, I'd think that in regards to, 4) Is the stretcher-bar/switch-stand operating rod ever extended under an adjacent track to a remotely sited switch-stand ?, railroad mechanical departments would see that situation as placing the fragile rod in a risky environment.
But then again, given standard gauge railroads' interlocking towers at complex junctions ...
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