tiroir de retournement

10:56 Nov 30, 2009
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French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Transport / Transportation / Shipping
French term or phrase: tiroir de retournement
Le terminus ouest à Grange Blanche fera l’objet d’un réaménagement par la création d’un nouveau tiroir de retournement.

I think I'm fairly certain what this denotes... but does anybody have any idea how this might be rendered in English? Appreciative wishes, as ever...
Josh Ord-Hume
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Bourth (X)
3Switch back track extension
Michel F. Morin
3reversement/reverse turn corridor/ passageway/lane
mimi 254



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reversement/reverse turn corridor/ passageway/lane


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Tiroir : Voie ferrée en impasse.

TRAIL TRACK : Voie en tiroir, tiroir, tiroir de manoeuvre (JLP
However I've found nothing that backs up "trail track"

Y ¬ Wye, or turning track. (A place where trains may
reverse direction.)

A triangle or wye, in rail terminology, is a triangular shaped arrangement of railway tracks with a switch (point) at each corner. In mainline railroads, this is used at a railway junction, where two railways join, or cross over. It can also be used as a stub for turning railway equipment. By performing the railway equivalent of a three point turn the direction of a locomotive or railway vehicle can be swapped around, leaving it facing the way it came from. STREETCAR TRACKS sometimes have a short triangle or WYE STUBS to TURN THE CAR at the end of the line.

WYE - A track with three switches and three legs forming a large triangle which enables an entire train to TURN AROUND. Return to TOP . ...

The train had stopped to take on water at Boone, TN early in the afternoon of ... Altapass also was the site of a TURNING WYE used to turn pushers for their ...

There is a TURNING WYE at Salinas to turn the railcar. Also permission has been given to charter a train using steam locomotive No. ...

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Switch back track extension

The context is quite limited: it seems to have to do with Lyon's underground transportation system (le métro):
see http://www.lyon-en-lignes.org/forum/index.php?topic=7871.150
...rather than shipping. That's why I suggest a "railway related" translation !

"Tiroir" = track extension
"Switch back" = demi tour
... in the field of railway vocabulary.

    Reference: http://www.granddictionnaire.com/BTML/FRA/r_Motclef/index800...
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