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Old 09-21-2014, 03:33 AM   #1
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How does this work?

Photograph of 1871 OAKLAND LONG WHARF - Southern Pacific Mole & Pier.
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Look at the points on this switch. How do the left wheels crossover to the siding?
Must be a way or else it wouldn't be there.

Here is where I got the pic.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:47 AM   #2
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I wonder if a "gandy dancer's" car sits on that siding, and they just hump it onto the main tracks when they pull it up there? Would avoid the cost of a full-fledged turnout. No guesses otherwise.

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Old 09-21-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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I don't think that is a switch at all.
Look close and you see that all the rail is spiked down. No way to move?
And notice the tie plates, they are not the larger plates used with switches.

Notice the rail over where I drew the lines, it looks to be a switch stand there? And down the end is what appears to be a little work flat bed. Sorry I could not make paint do a different color.
And behind the switch (if it is a switch) look to be 2 box cars?
Somehow they got back there?

Very strange, maybe they clamped on portable switch points when they moved cars around? Therefor only needing 2 points?

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Old 09-21-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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If you look at the first picture the rail slides to mate with the others. No points.
But the picture Magic posted it looks like there is nothing that slides at all?
I guess something slides?

I found this shot.

In my searching I found these other 2, they both must have been a nightmare to keep clear of snow!





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That one with all the catenary wires looks like a gigantic bug zapper!!
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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To me, it looks loke there used to be a full turn-out there, but they took it out.....obviously not all of it though.....
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:40 PM   #7
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it's just a stub switch, the main line just before that actually slides [bends] to line up either track, common in that era, especially on smaller/ lighter weight rail lines
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