Locomotives and train traversers are applied in railway workshops and rail terminals, with limited space for the necessary return tracks. The function of a traverser is to move locomotives and/or wagons from one track to another track beside or opposite. At rail terminals the wagons are delivered while pulling them on one of the tracks, after which the locomotives can traverse to a return track (or a free siding track) via the traverser. Via the return track the locomotives can be shunted to the other side of the wagons waiting on one of the siding tracks. In this way these wagons can again be pulled away.
In railway workshops a traverser is applied to move locomotives or wagons laterally from the siding track to a specific hall. In this way the wagons or locomotives can also be traversed from one hall to the other. E.g. from the repair section to the assembly hall. The great advantage of a traverser is that no long and costly return tracks with many switches need to be installed. Also more space for other purposes remains available.
Traversers are designed customer specific and particularly the span, load, and the number of tracks to be operated determine the version. Also as far as control is concerned there are many possibilities, e.g. manual control with positioning on view, to (semi) automatic positioning by means of radio remote control or via network. The control system can also be integrated in a maintenance and operational diagnostic system. Furthermore the traverser will be provided with the necessary safety mechanisms, along with protection against driving off, quay locking and all necessary signal lighting.
The entire production process consists of designing, constructing, assembly and delivery of the complete traverser.
All safety and signalling mechanisms contribute to a safe and user-friendly installation.