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ssw9662 12-20-2004 03:49 PM

Bidirectional controls?
How are bidirectional controls set up, I know there's one control stand, but is it on the side or what?

J 12-20-2004 06:39 PM

If you mean a locomotive with 2 control stands, the air brake set up is no different than two units coupled together. You cut out on brake valve on one side and cut it in on the other.

If you mean a road switcher or SW type unit, then you simply swivel the seat to the desired direction and go to work. If you're switching, you generally have the seat facing the centerline of the locomotive.

This is the reason that units with "desk top" controls are not well suited to reverse operations because you can't effectively operate the equipment with your back to it.

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