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French practice

Unread postby Martin Shaw » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:37 pm

I was at Narbonne station this afternoon for half an hours nosey. A train to Perpignan awaiting a departure had a green signal with the leftmost of three horizontal white lights above the signal displayed. On the adjoining track which also had a green signal there were two of the white lights were showing. What do these white lights mean? Are they a speedindication?
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Re: French practice

Unread postby Frank » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:01 pm

Hello,

are the Signals looking like that ?
http://geillon.pagesperso-orange.fr/tra ... index.html

(French offical Signal Book)

Then it is Signal Les indicateurs de direction. (Way Signalling).

From 1 to 6 White Lights that mean Train go on Line A , B , C, D , E , F
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Re: French practice

Unread postby hmmueller » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:39 am

==== Austrian signal boxes and interlockings (German and English), with some looks beyond ====
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Re: French practice

Unread postby Martin Shaw » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:21 pm

Frank Harald

Thank you both for your input. What I saw was indeed "Le indicateurs de direction". Each of the 5 eastbound signals has the same three horizontal indicators so it makes sense. I guess it's sort of similar to UK feathers but without a proceed indication without a route indicator, if that's not too tortuous english.
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Re: French practice

Unread postby JRB » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:59 pm

The semaphore equivalent was also interesting - a stack of miniature arms.
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Re: French practice

Unread postby Richard Lemon » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:03 am

Indeed. These were white fish tail arms, and just indicated direction - not a stop / proceed message! One arm inclined down at 45° for the left route, two arms down for the next towards the right etc.,
I am not aware that any survive.

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