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Question: Do you know what a siding is?  (Voting closed: March 17, 2018, 08:01:42 am)
Yes - I did before I read this thread - 26 (100%)
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Author Topic: Should we have a page that's a glossary of railway terms?  (Read 1664 times)
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« on: March 13, 2018, 07:59:58 am »

We have the Acronymns and Abbreviations page as http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/acronyms.html - do we need a glossary or railway terms too?    I was struck by this comment in the The Lincolnite which reminded me that I and some others may take too much for granted - a very easy trap to fall into!

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Options include reinstating or upgrading out of use platforms, or making better use of sidings, which are low-speed sections used for storing, loading and unloading trains.

Poll - did YOU know what a siding was before you read this thread??
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 08:30:28 am »

When I slip into technical railway talk in my posts I generally explain any technical terms that crop up that I don't think are in common use on the forum.  I know that CfN usually adds these to the Acronymns and Abbreviations page, but I think it would be a good idea to separate out the 'true' railway terms from the others.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 09:06:56 am »

I would have thought that 'siding' was one of the best known railway terms.  It is used extensively in both adult and children's literature.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 07:01:04 pm »

When I slip into technical railway talk in my posts I generally explain any technical terms that crop up that I don't think are in common use on the forum.  I know that CfN usually adds these to the Acronymns and Abbreviations page, but I think it would be a good idea to separate out the 'true' railway terms from the others.

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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 07:03:12 am »

Early evidence from the poll is that for existing members we don't need to explain the basic railway terms such as "siding".  Members with technical / railway background tend to add explanations of terms along the way anyway - and a huge "thank you" to them for doing so; I suspect it's at a 'just right' level at the moment, but the poll and this thread are a worthwhile check on that.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 07:52:50 am »

May I express my sincere and continuing thanks to all those members with knowledge of 'the workings' who greatly add to the pleasure within this forum.
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