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wisseltong / wiseltongen, tong / tongen

aanliggende wisseltong closed

point; closed tongue

afliggende wisseltong open point;

open tongue


nl: wisseltong, tong, bladveer en: blade, tongue

Definition: a switch piece consisting essentially of a movable tongue with a suitable enclosing and supporting body structure,designed for use on one side of the track while on the other side there is used either a mate or another tongue switch.A tongue switch is termed inside or outside depending upon whether it is placed on the inside or on the outside of the curve,the outside tongue switch being comparatively little used

Definition reference: Dict.Public Transport,Alba 1981

Spoorwegwoordenboek (Peter Gutter)

wisseltongcontact = point control switch wisseltongen =

  • point blades
  • switch rails
  • point tongues
  • tongues of point
  • inf tongues; tongue rails; switch blades; switch tongues; switch toes;
  • form the moveable rails in points, which incorporate the ‘sharp’ end to guide the wheels of a train;
  • de niet-beweegbare spoorstaven in een wissel worden ‘stock rails’ genoemd
  • stock rails are the lengths of fixed running rail against which the blades of the switch rails bear;

Railroad switch (Wikipedia)

A railroad switch (AE), turnout, or [set of] points (BE) is a mechanical installation enabling railway trains to be guided from one track to another, such as at a railway junction or where a spur or siding branches off.

The switch consists of the pair of linked tapering rails, known as points (switch rails or point blades), lying between the diverging outer rails (the stock rails). These points can be moved laterally into one of two positions to direct a train coming from the point blades toward the straight path or the diverging path. A train moving from the narrow end toward the point blades (i.e. it will be directed to one of the two paths, depending on the position of the points) is said to be executing a facing-point movement.
wordbook/terms/wisseltong.txt · Last modified: 2020/12/10 18:11 (external edit)