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Glossary Results for Word "Catch Points"

Catch Points Trailing pointsExplain 'Trailing points' used to divert a train or vehicle running away in the wrong direction into a sand drag or to intentionally derail it. Provided in the days before continuous brakes on freight trains and arranged so that a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction (probably a run-away down an incline) will be diverted off the line. Catch points have sometimes caused accidents when a train has been running ‘wrong line’ because of engineering work or to pass a broken-down train.
Also see Scotch BlockExplain 'Scotch Block (1)'