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Old 01-17-2010, 12:10 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by chuckman View Post
I recently read in some railfan magazine that on double tracks the trains generally face so the engineer's seat is facing the outside of the road double track. What is the procedure with triple tracks? Is the middle track just a "whatever" track?
Yes, the middle track is usually setup for bidirectional running. If it's on a mountainous section of railroad such as the NS Pittsburgh Line, it is mostly (but not always) trains going up grade that will use the middle track to either run around slower trains grinding up the hill or to let traffic by on the outside track.
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