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aiguilles d'ensablement

English translation: trap points plus a sand drag

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French term or phrase:aiguilles d'ensablement
English translation:trap points plus a sand drag
Entered by: Graham Clarke
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11:18 Mar 8, 2008
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French term or phrase: aiguilles d'ensablement
"Pour mémoire cette fonction pourrait-être développée dans le cadre d'un avenant, si le client maintient son projet d'ajouter des aiguilles d'ensablement à:"

This is from the original document which has been translated into Italian and I am now translating from Italian into English. I understand it's talking about railway points, but it's the "d'ensablement" bit I don't understand. Replies in English, please. Thanks
Graham Clarke
Local time: 13:16
trap points plus a sand drag
Explanation:
I wondered if this might be anything to do with a siding used for loading waggons with sand, but I somehow don't think that can be right.

How about this instead? Is there anything in your wider context to suggest it is about safety and stopping runaway trains?

This Wiki article might give you more info, I haven't looked:

Catch points - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Trap points and a sand drag protect the exit of a station passing loop (left ... to some method of stopping a vehicle, such as a sand drag or buffer stop. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_points
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Tony M
France
Local time: 14:16
Grading comment
thanks for the help
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1 +2trap points plus a sand drag
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trap points plus a sand drag


Explanation:
I wondered if this might be anything to do with a siding used for loading waggons with sand, but I somehow don't think that can be right.

How about this instead? Is there anything in your wider context to suggest it is about safety and stopping runaway trains?

This Wiki article might give you more info, I haven't looked:

Catch points - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Trap points and a sand drag protect the exit of a station passing loop (left ... to some method of stopping a vehicle, such as a sand drag or buffer stop. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_points


Tony M
France
Local time: 14:16
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 202
Grading comment
thanks for the help
Notes to answerer
Asker: Here is more text: 4.2.5 Commande des appareils en position de protection Clé 75 Commande des appareils en position de protection Pas au contrat. Pour mémoire cette fonction pourrait-être développée dans le cadre d'un avenant, si le client maintient son projet d'ajouter des aiguilles d'ensablement à:


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  askell: accurate
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Askell!

agree  xxxBourth: That prior ref to "protection" suggests this might be it.
3 hrs
  -> Thanks, Alex! Yes, seems to point that way, doesn't it?
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