Description (long)

Sidings are relatively short stretches of track used to 'set-aside' trains and parts of trains from the main running lines. This is useful:

  • to allow other trains to pass,
  • to facilitate the loading or unloading of freight or passengers, and / or
  • for the servicing / storage of locomotive and rolling stock.

For the purposes of the SCRCA Project, lie-by sidings, spurs, loops, headshunts, tracks in goods-yards and locomotive servicing areas, etc. are all classified as 'sidings'. Also, the term is used to indicate a single siding or a group of associated sidings. In other words, any railway track that does not form one of the two main running-lines is classified as a 'siding'.


Description (short)






Last updated by Mark Harvey on 11/03/2017
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