A few days ago I started a probably very weird project: I translate my (still growing) website of mostly Austrian interlockings into English: http://interlockings.blogspot.com.
Now, why would I do this? In my experience, the "German" world of interlocking and the "English" world of interlocking remained separate for more than 100 years. Each "side" had their own "obvious" solutions to the same problems. When one looks at web pages that explain interlocking principles today, this has not changed much. For example, the website Principles of interlocking explains only tappet locking (a form of "cascading locking" <-- is this the right term? at least that's what we call it in German), but totally ignores route locking. On the other hand, this German explanation implicitly assumes that one has to have route levers ... So, my noble goal is to educate both sides; and I start by translating my current and future texts about Austrian (and a few other) signal boxes and interlocking machines to English.
How many people will be interested in this? There are, I assume, about 55 people in all of Germany and Austria and Switzerland who seem to be interested in interlocking machines at all; and there are maybe 122 in Great Britain. Those being interested in machinery from the other side of the divide may make up maybe 2% of all - so my great undertaking will draw around 2 readers.
But so what? It's a hobby!
Yet ... I need your help!: My English is not perfect; my technical English is less than perfect; and my interlocking English is very imperfect. So if one of you 2 interested readers would take a look at my English website and give me some feedback, I'd be very happy! Especially,
- are the terms in dictionary correct? (and what is the British term for "running a switch"?)
- do the terms "pin", "notch", "chain wheel"/"lever wheel" make sense as I use them?
As a reward, I can, at this time, only give you two pictures of the Dover Priory signal box in this (still German-only) posting with images from 1978. But in the next years, I'll add a few pictures of signal boxes from New Zealand; and maybe also Italy and Sweden; and - at least I plan it - a "general explanation of mechanical interlockings that transcends that big divide" ...