Photographer's Note

Switches on the lower terminus of Pöstlingbergbahn in Linz, Austria.

These switches are more complicated than usual ones. The whole swich assembly swivels so that rails form continuos route and both rail edges are open all the way. This is different from normal ones where point blades guide the train to desired direction.

The reason for this is that Pöstlingbergbahn is one of the steepest adhesion driven tramways in the world. And for safety reasons there's special braking system on the tram cars that gets a grip on the rails. (Or at least that's how I understood it from the German Wikipedia page.)

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Additional Photos by Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4350 W: 62 N: 7417] (42374)
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