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



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FLYING SWITCH

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

CAR RETARDER

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

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.

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.

CLASSIFICATION TRACK

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

CONTAINER

A strong steel box of standard dimensions of 8 feet square and length of 20 feet or 40 feet, in which cargo is preloaded.

CENTER VERTICAL KEEL

A vertical plate on the ship's centerline between the flat keel and inner bottom extending the length of the ship. Also called center vertical keel, CVK. Or center keelson.

CAULK

To fill seams in a wood deck with oakum or hammer the adjoining edges of metal together to stop leaks.

FLOODABLE LENGTH

The length of ship which may be flooded without sinking below her safety or margin line. The floodable length of a vessel varies from point to point throughout her length and is usually greatest amidships

CENTER KEELSON

A vertical plate on the ship's centerline between the flat keel and inner bottom extending the length of the ship. Also called center vertical keel, CVK. Or center keelson.

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