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Carson City: 1940

Carson City: 1940

March 1940. "Operating switch at railroad station. Carson City, Nevada." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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A modern 3-way stub switch

Actually it is no more complicated to layout a three-way stub than it is to lay out a single switch--just twice as much work. You basically work off of a set of tables in a a book.

Stub switches are no longer legal on interchange railroads in the USA. They are not as safe as a 'knife' switch because a train going through a switch set incorrectly will derail and drop the lead cars onto the ties. (an experience I do not want to repeat!)

Here is an example of a modern 3-way stub located at the Railroad Museum at Ardenwood, in Fremont, CA on a 3 ft gauge railroad. The switch stand is a harp stand located just out of the picture on the left (you can see the target),

Stub Switch

Straight up Straight ahead.

Target practice.

Looks like the day marker was used as a target on one or more occasions.

Oh yes, it's possible

This car probably goes into Mexico and back, so liters=litros

Is it possible ...

that oil tank car is measured in both litres and gallons??

[Capacidad 40436 litros (liters) does indeed = 10862 gallons. -tterrace]

Voyage à Trois

Never seen a three-way track switch before. That's some clever engineering.

Virginia & Truckee

Nice view of a stub switch, not uncommon on narrow gauge railroads, but V&T was standard gauge. That's V&T locomotive #26, a 1907 Baldwin 4-6-0. She was destroyed in an engine house fire in 1950.

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