Transporting railway track by train

You can transport many things by train – but what about the railway tracks themselves?


Photo by Falk2, via Wikimedia Commons

Used to deliver pre-assembled pointwork or crossovers directly to the work site, the tilt mechanism ensures that the bulky sections of track won’t strike platforms, lineside signals, or trains on parallel tracks.

The German name for these wagons is “Weichentransportwagen” – in English they’re called “transport wagons” or “switch tilters“.

Swiss firm Matisa is one manufacturer.

And German firm Kirow is another.

With their wagons making an impressive sight as they roll past.

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