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    While reviewing this thread, I decided that it might be worthwhile to look at a related topic, gauntlet track. Gauntlet track was widely used for older scale tracks as was noted before, to keep the weight of locomotives off of the sensitive live scale tracks. It was also used for other purposes where it was helpful to move things slightly to the side for different purposes.

    Another application was when there was a turnout on a bridge, but it was desired to move the switch throw off of the bridge. An example is in this Google maps view: https://goo.gl/maps/H2vWvQsEFYzYzz1z6 This is a bridge in Greensboro, NC just west of the passenger station. You can see that the gauntlet section extended from the main part of the turnout across the bridge onto firm ground, where there was better room and access to the throw mechanism.
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    The PRR installed gauntlet track on the double track main from Pittsburgh to Columbus at tunnel number 5 Gould Tunnel in 1951. They did this due to freight car size increasing and to take advantage of the taller clearance at the center of the tunnel. Penn Central finally removed the gauntlet in 1975 and single tracked the tunnel.

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    That turn out is fascinating.
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    There is a photo in John Armstrong's "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" of a gauntlet track on a single-track bridge used by two competing railroads.

    Of course, you can't have trains running willy-nilly in that sort of situation, so I wonder if some sort of manual or automatic interlocking was used, or train order if TT/TO was in use.

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    Just as an aside, anytime I have read about this particular track arrangement, it was always referred to as "gantlet", not "gauntlet". I think it was the old railroaders who called it "gantlet"

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    I always thought it was correctly termed "gantlet" track and that "gauntlet" was substituting a less-jargony common word, but from a quick bit of research it appears the two terms are used interchangeably. But since I'm the type of person who likes to use railroad-specific jargon with a smug look on my face, in my book it's "Gantlet".

    I love the use of this for a turnout on a bridge! Makes me want to find a place to do something like this on my layout. In fact, my Boyce Junction N-Trak module actually has the throwbar of a Peco turnout located on a bridge... Hmm. But would I want to change out that reliable Peco for some form of custom turnout that might be prone to derailments?

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    Gaunlet track was always signalled, occasionally with "smash boards" that would give positive indication:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauntlet_track
    https://www.jonroma.net/signaling/ra...e%20B%26LE.pdf

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    Here is the track chart for the gauntlet track at tunnel number 5 for the PRR. It is on page 9. It's protected by position light signals on each side.

    http://www.multimodalways.org/docs/r...0TC%201950.pdf

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