Since I’m in the video-production frame of mind, I also shot and edited a short video of the working derail that I built to protect the mainline in Port Rowan from runaway cars on the elevated coal delivery siding.
The yellow post near the top centre of the screen indicates the location of the derail on the track.
(You can also click here to watch the video on YouTube, where you may be able to enjoy it in a larger format)
Before switching the coal track, crews must clear the derail by moving the block (the yellow-painted casting) off the railhead. After switching, they must remember to reset the derail block and lock it up.
With the derail in place, if a car at the top of the incline gets loose it won’t roll onto the main track where The Daily Effort or a freight extra could hit it.