In a railroad system, a specific length of track that is controlled by stop signals.



Related Terms

CAR RETARDER

A device located along the track to reduce or control the velocity of railroad or mine cars.

PERMISSIVE BLOCK SYSTEM

A block system in which a railroad train is permitted to enter a block section already occupied by a train.

FLYING SWITCH

Disconnection of railroad cars from a locomotive while they are moving and switching them to another track under their own momentum.

INERT RETARDER

A braking device built into a railroad track and operating without an external source of power that reduces car speed by means of brake shoes applied to the lower sides of the wheels.

GANTLET

A stretch of overlapping railroad track, with one rail of one track being between the two rails of another track; used over narrow bridges and passes.

ELECTRIC RAILROAD

A railroad which has a system of continuous overhead wires or a third rail mounted alongside the track to supply electric power to the locomotive and cars.

HOME SIGNAL

A signal at the beginning of a block of railroad track that indicates whether the block is clear.

LADDER TRACK

A main track that joins successive body tracks in a railroad yard.

CLASSIFICATION TRACK

A railroad track used to separate cars from a train according to destination.

MOUSED HOOK

A hook with strands of wire across the opening to stop it from slipping off.

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