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Glossary Results for Word "Points"

Points A junction of two railway lines that can be set to guide a train onto either one of two alternative routes (facing pointsExplain 'Facing Points'), or allow two lines to merge into one (trailing pointsExplain 'Trailing points') depending upon your perspective. Most railways avoided facing points wherever possible, as they are accident prone. Therefore access to the goods yard at most stations was by trailing points and so trains had to ‘set back’ (ie reverse) into the yard.