Template:Signal Categories

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Type Name Description
main Main signal A signal that gives the permission to enter a station, leave a station or enter the next block section of a track. A main signal controls mainline and shunting movements and indicates the clearness of a track up to the next signal.
main_repeated Duplicated signal A signal to indicate the state of the main signal. Not to be confused with a Distant signal.
distant Distant signal A distant signal is placed at braking distance from a main/combined signal and indicates the aspect of the following signal to ensure that a train can stop before reaching the main/combined signal.
minor Minor signal A signal with a lower priority than main signal. In most cases they are used inside stations to protect occupied sections or control low speed (shunting) movements. It does not require any distant signal and applies to both mainline and shunting movements.
minor_distant Minor Distant signal A Distant signal for Minor signals.
combined Combined signal A signal that combines the function of a main and a distant signal. It indicates the state of the next two block sections and is valid for all train movements.
shunting Shunting signal A signal that controls low speed shunting movements inside stations. It does not apply to mainline movements.
crossing Level crossing signal A signal that indicates that the technical equipment (lights, barriers, bells) of a level crossing is active to warn automobile drivers about an approaching train.
crossing_distant Level crossing distant signal A signal which notifies the train driver to attend a level signal which will follow.
crossing_info Level crossing marker board A signal which describes the level crossing. It is usually mounted next to the level crossing and shows information like the current position (kilometre/miles) or the crossing number.
crossing_hint Level crossing announcement board A signal which notifies about a level crossing he will reach soon.
electricity Catenary signal A signal for electric locomotives indicating when and where the pantograph or other collector needs to be lowered. (e.g.: between different electrical systems.)
humping Hump yard signal This signal controls the speed of locomotives pushing cars towards the hump.
speed_limit Speed Limit indicator A signal that displays the maximum permissible speed in a track section.
speed_limit_distant Distant Speed Limit indicator A signal indicating an upcoming speed limit change.
whistle Horn signal A signal indicating the operator should use the horn.
ring Bell signal A signal indicating the operator should use the bell.
route Route indicator A signal that indicates the set up route.
route_distant Route Change Distant A signal indicating an upcoming route indicator.
wrong_road Wrong Road signal A signal indicating the movement to a track that normally would have traffic in the oncoming direction.
stop Stop post / Stop Board In general, this signal marks a position on a track, where a train needs to stop. In most cases it indicates the position where a passenger train should stop at a platform. On branch lines with simplified operational rules, this signal may also be used to mark a position where a train has to stop to wait for a permission to proceed.
stop_demand Stop-on-demand indicator A signal at small halts that is operated by waiting passengers to visualize their demand for a stop of the next train.
station_distant Upcoming Station A signal indicating an upcoming station.
radio Radio Change A signal providing instructions on radio usage.
departure Departure signal A signal indicating that a passenger train is ready to leave the station.
resetting_switch Resetting Switch signal A signal indicating the status of a resetting switch.
resetting_switch_distant Resetting Switch Distant A signal indicating an upcoming resetting switch.
snowplow Snowplow signal A signal that give instructions to vehicles with a snowplow. In most cases they are placed to warn the crew to raise the snowplow to avoid hitting any obstructions such as level crossings or bridges.
short_route Short entry indicator A signal which shows the train driver that he has to stop earlier than usual (usual = exit signal). Used if the train drives into a dead-end signal or joins another train.
brake_test Signal used for break tests This signal supports the communication between the train driver and the personnel checking the breaks.
fouling_point Clear-of-points marker/Track contact marker A signal that indicates up to which limit a track may be occupied to avoid collisions and malfunctions of signals and switches.
helper_engine Signals related to helper engines A signal giving instructions for helper engines at steep railroad lines (e.g. in mountain areas).
train_protection Signals related with train protection system topics Signals of this category show beginning/end of railway sections with a specific or any train protection system. This category also covers the signals (usually signs) mounted along railway lines with cab signalling. This section has been replacing the old sections lzb and lzb_start since 2014.
steam_locomotive Signals related to steam locomotives Signals that give instructions to the staff of steam locomotives.