Dispatching in Weissenthurm
Before you get your approval to run the service on a signal box, you need to find out about the local characteristics. After training as a general trainee signalman, dispatchers were always paired with a person skilled in the signal box. This chapter is the brief introduction to the area. Read it carefully. It contains very important information.
The text is "peer to peer" written as if you are in the signal box, the first day after training.
Have a more detailed look at the Weißenthurm panel here.
Signal Box Weißenthurm
The signal box of Weißenthurm is located along the electrified double-track main line 'Linke Rheinstrecke', line number 2630 from Cologne to Mainz between the stations of Andernach and Urmitz.
Neighbouring Dispatching Areas
On the left (tracks 412/002) we have the connecting tracks towards Urmitz, which is part of the dispatching area of Koblenz-Lützel (KKOL). Bi-directional running (Gleiswechselbetrieb or GWB) towards and from Koblenz-Lützel is possible.
On the right (tracks 41/01) the 'Linke Rheinstrecke' will leave our dispatching area to the North towards Andernach. The station of Andernach (KAND) is the next controlled location in this direction. Bi-directional running towards and from Andernach is also possible here.
Normally we have Weißenthurm running in Sellbstbetrieb (auto fleeting) as all traffic goes via track 1 for trains from Urmitz towards Andernach, and via track 2 for traffic from Andernach towards Urmitz (and onwards to Koblenz-Lützel).
The RB 7300 series are the only services which stop in Weißenthurm.
There are little sidings next to the station of Weißenthurm. The non-isolated tracks 24 and 34 are out of order.
Bi-directional running (GWB)
Bi-directional running, in German called Gleiswechselbetrieb (GWB), is actually left hand running instead of the usual right hand running on the open line. The infrastructure is equipped with automatic block(s) which can be used into both directions. GWB is possible between both Urmitz and Weißenthurm, as well as between Weißenthurm and Andernach. However, GWB has its limitations because from the GWB cannot be reached from all tracks, and not all tracks can be reached from GWB.
The following tracks can not be accessed from within GWB:
Exit routes from tracks into GWB are not possible for:
We have direction controls on the open lines towards the neighbouring areas. This means that you need to use the EaGT button to set the direction of the automatic blocks towards you. Of course, you must offer a train to Koblenz-Lützel or Andernach prior to sending trains into GWB.
Peculiarities in Weißenthurm
There are some peculiarities in the Weißenthurm with respect to setting train routes. First of all: setting a train route from track 3 (N3) or 4 (N4) towards track 23 is not possible.
Routes into the station
Setting a short entry route from entry signal A1 or A2 into track 3 (N3), means that only a long exit route starting at signal N3 will be possible.
Setting a short entry route from entry signal A1 or A2 into track 4 (N4), means that only a long exit route starting at signal N4 will be possible.
When a route from ESig A1 / A2 towards track 23 is set, the signal N3 will be switched off operationally (showing "Kennlicht"-aspect). Setting a entry route from ESig A1 / A2 via track 4 towards track 23 is not possible.
Routes out of the station
The signal N23 will be switched off operationally (showing "Kennlicht"-aspect) in case an exit route is set from ASig N3 towards Urmitz (002/412).
The signal N23 will be switched off operationally (showing "Kennlicht"-aspect) in case an exit route is set from ASig N4 towards Urmitz (002/412).
In case a long entry route towards ASig 23 had been set, only setting a short exit route from ASig N23 towards Urmitz (002/412) will be possible.
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Track lengths Weißenthurm