OpenRailwayMap/Tagging in Germany/Zs Signals

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This page is part of the signal tagging scheme for railway signals in Germany (signals defined by ESO and additional signals used on that railway lines).

Zs Signals

Zs 1 Replacement Signal

German name: Ersatzsignal

See the sections about Hp, Hl, Sv, Sk and Ks signals

Zs 2 Route Signal

German name: Richtungsanzeiger

This signal shows the train driver which direction the route points to. phhotographs by Simon Walter

Zs 2v Route Distant Signal

German name: Richtungsvoranzeiger

This signal shows the train driver which direction the route will point to. It is the distant signal of Zs 2v. phhotographs by Simon Walter

Zs 3 Speed Limit Signal

German: Geschwindigkeitsanzeiger

This signal is usually mounted at main/combined signal and indicates the speed limit which is valid in an area called "anschließender Weichenbereich" (AWB) after the signal. The AWB ends at exit and block signals at the last point of the station, at intermediate and entry signals at the stop position of train or the next main/combined signal. This signal is used if the speed limit is caused by points which are passed on their diverging branch photographs by Simon Walter

Zs 3v Distant Speed Limit Signal

German: Geschwindigkeitsvoranzeiger

This signal is the distant signal of Zs 3. photographs by Simon Walter

Zs 6 ex-DB Wrong/Left Track Indicator

This signal shows that the train will switch on the left track (trains usually use the right track in Germany). It is used at exit signals of stations and at block signals of junctions outside stations. It can be a sign instead of a light signal if all possible routes after the signal will go into the left track.

Only some double-tracked railway lines have so called "Gleiswechselbetrieb" (switchable usage of tracks) installed. On other railway lines, trains are only allowed to run on the left track if the other track is closed (due to construction works, accidents etc.). On such lines usage of the left track is not secure and the engine drive gets a written command.

photographs by Simon Walter

Zs 6 ex-DR Early Stop Indicator

This signal shows that the route will go into a dead-end track or that the route will go into a track of a station which is already partially occupied by another train.

Zs 7 ex-DR Wrong/Left Track Indicator

This is the ex-DR (and nowadays used all over Germany) left track indicator. Explanation of this signal and images see above.

Zs 7/11 Attention Indicator

This signal is used as an replacement signal of main/combined signals. Details see Hl-, Hp-, Ks-, Sk- oder Sv-Signal.

Zs 8 Replacement Signal for Left Track Indicator

This signal indicates that the route will go into the left track of a double-tracked railway line. It is used as a replacement of Zs 6 if Zs 6 cannot be shown due to a defect or similar circumstances. photographs by Simon Walter

Zs 10 End of Speed Limit

This signal indicates the end of a speed limit which has been given by a Zs 3 or Hp 2. It is used if the train may accelerate before passing the last point of the points behind the signal. It is only used in West Germany and no new signals of this type are installed any more. photographs by Simon Walter

Zs 13 Early Stop Indicator

This signal shows that the route will go into a dead-end track or that the route will go into a track of a station which is already partially occupied by another train.

It is a yellow T rotated by 90° to the left.

Zs 103 Diamond Board (East Germany)

This board is mounted at semaphore main signals in East Germany and allows shunting movements even if the signals displays Hp 0. It is used on small stations with semaphore signals and mechanical signal boxes whose main signals cannot display Sh 1.

Zs 106 ex-DR Early Stop Indicator

This signal shows that the route will go into a dead-end track or that the route will go into a track of a station which is already partially occupied by another train.

It is a yellow triangle pointing downwards.