[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Railway tracks on highway

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Sun Dec 9 20:39:08 UTC 2018



On 9 December 2018 17:37:21 CET, Markus <selfishseahorse at gmail.com> wrote:
>Hi!
>
>I'm still wondering if there is a technical difference between
>embedded tram, train and now metro rails (except for a third rail,
>which usually can't be embedded in a street).

It can and is popular in France.. Check out APS (alimentation par sol). 

A major difference between heavy rail and trams is signaling. Rail systems are heavy on safety interlocks whereas trams basically rely on the driver as they have to interact with city traffic. Points (switches) for trams are controlled by the drivers on demand, whereas for trains they are set for centrally determined paths. I suspect that point motors for trams are happier at being forced open at trailing junctions as well. Big train point motors take a dim view of that. 



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