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Figure 6-24. Rail Anchor Applications at Open Deck Bridges and Rail Crossings
g. Gage Rods.
(1) Gage rods are sometimes specified for very sharp curves (over 8 degrees) where difficulty in
holding gage is anticipated. Where used on sharp curves, two to four rods should be installed per rail
(2) The general use of gage rods is not encouraged and should be reserved for special or unusual
17. TURNOUTS AND CROSSOVERS.
a. Description. Turnouts are designed to divert trains from one track to another. Two turnouts form a
crossover when used together to allow the passage of trains between parallel tracks. The general
arrangement of turnouts and crossovers is shown in figure 6-25. The main parts of a turnout are shown
in figure 6-26. For additional switch detail see AREMA Plans 190, 220, and 221.