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The railroad switch is the most likely place for a derailment to occur on a spur track.

We feature our Switch Cube® Direction Indicator here because we believe it is of great benefit in eliminating the confusion over how a switch is lined which leads to so many problems at switches.

The pictures and the red text, below, lead you to products which will make your switches safer, but please take a moment to scroll further down where we have assembled some very useful information about how switches work.

The Switch: How a train gets where it's going

How a track switch works

The railroad switch is a marvel of engineering. The ability to smoothly divert a fast moving train from one track to another is really what makes railroading possible.

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Looking at the switch from both ends

The view is very different from the two ends of the switch

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How to read switch points


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