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Old 11-07-2009, 10:25 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by ns3010 View Post
Actually, it literally bridges the gap.
I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Watch the Gap," referring to the space between the train and the platform.
The bridge plate is laid on the ground, eliminating this gap. It helps handicapped people when boarding the train, since they would normally get stuck in the gap.
Thanks for the explanation. And no, I've never heard the phrase "watch the gap." I'm fairly new to railroading terms, so there is much I'm not aware of it. When I read "bridge plate," all I could think of is a builder's plate on a bridge and I couldn't get my brain past that. I was wondering why this plate from a bridge would be at a train station.
Rhymes with slice, rice and mice, and probably should be spelled like "Tice."

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