The switches incorporated in the rail network must be renewed from time to time, dependent on the wear. The replacement switches installed consist either of new or reconditioned materials as required for the stresses arising. The major portion of DB's switch equipment is manufactured at DB's Witten (Ruhr) railway workshop. The commonly used wooden switch sleepers are obtained from the Schwandorf workshop (new) and Bottrop workshop (reconditioned). On account of special local conditions, the switches can only be manufactured for a specific location which entails special arrangements in connection with production planning and order processing. Large-size switch components are mainly quantity-produced without being earmarked for specific orders. Metal-cutting work on nearly all switch components is difficult to handle on account of the high strength properties of the material, the partly large amounts of material to be removed by cutting and the sometimes complicated geometry of the parts. To give an example, the manufacture of switch blades and crossings is described. Prior to delivery, all switches are assembled for trial operation at the manufacturing works in order to preclude difficulties during in-situ installation. The reconditioned sleeper assemblies are forwarded to the site directly from the railway workshops.

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    Siemens (Georg) Verlagsbuchhandlung

    Luetzowstrasse 105-196
    1 Berlin 30,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Troche, H
  • Publication Date: 1979-11


  • German

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 387-397
  • Serial:
    • Glasers Annalen ZEV
    • Volume: 103
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Siemens (Georg) Verlagsbuchhandlung
    • ISSN: 0373-322X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM