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Siting Narrow Gauge Switch-Stands (D&RGW)
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 Posted: Wed Jan 13th, 2016 06:28 pm
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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 ?


Regards & Thanks in Anticipation,         Michael

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 Posted: Wed Jan 13th, 2016 08:19 pm
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Michael:
I think the two long ties that hold the switch mechanism are called "Head Blocks"
Ron D.
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 Posted: Wed Jan 13th, 2016 11:04 pm
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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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 Posted: Sat Jan 16th, 2016 11:18 am
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My thanks to Ron & Forrest.       Regards,     Michael

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