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The Track width of H0 Gauge is 16.5mm.
See also: Gauge.
A railway station with minimal facilities where trains will usually stop only on request.
A set of points which are actuated by an individual, track-side hand- lever.
A long holding rail attached to a railway vehicle, the most common being the one running the length of a locomotive boiler.
Stand-off rods which are screwed onto the side of a vehicle body, and onto the end of which a hand rails attached.
Used, mainly by shunters and guards, to indicate required movements to drivers.
Discs which when fitted to the lamp irons on the front of a train or locomotive indicate the head-code.
The arrangement of head-boards or head-lamps on the front of a train which indicate to a signalman, or other railway employee, the type of train, or route to be taken by the train.
Small lights on the front of a train or locomotive the positioning of which displays the appropriate head-code for the train.
A length of line connecting a number of sidings and providing a means of shunting the sidings without occupying adjacent running lines.
A steam distributing vessel into which a number of tubes are inserted.
Component of a locomotive, carriage or wagon under-frame which goes across the extreme end of the vehicle, and onto which the buffers and draw-gear are mounted. (N.B. the buffer shanks and draw-gear may pass through the head-stock and act, via springs, on other parts of the under-frame structure). Also commonly referred to as the Buffer Beam.
In the normal direction of travel on any one line, the first stop signal encountered at a block post, is the home signal. On some railways and in some railway parlance, all stop signals are called home signals.
Inverted U-shaped blocks which are attached to cut outs in the side of a frame, and into which axle-boxes fit are free to slide up and down.
Frank Hornby made his first clockwork train in 1905.
The sliding surfaces of horn blocks.
A removable stay which closes the gap at the bottom of a horn block between the horn cheeks.
A railway vehicle constructed for transporting horses.
An overheated axle box. Usually the result of insufficient lubrication, or excessive speed.
A system of shunting where vehicles are propelled up one side of a hump at the throat of a fan of sidings, and then allowed to run down the other side of the hump to their required location.
A marshalling yard used in hump shunting.
A small amount of steam is taken from the regulator when open and fed into a condensing coil (usually mounted on the cab roof), the resulting water draining into the hydrostatic lubricator where it displaced the oil. The oil thus displaced is fed to the pistons and cylinders to lubricate them while the engine is in motion with the regulator open. For this reason the regulator should be left slightly open when coasting. This type of lubricator was mainly used on GWR locomotives.