A brake check keeps the train on track
The train operator picks up his locomotive in the morning from sidings group N. He then proceeds to the terminal where the railcars are ready and waiting for him. He couples the locomotive to the railcars but is not yet allowed to leave. An inspector conducts a thorough security check first. At full speed, a loaded train has a stopping distance of about 600 meters. But that only happens if every railcar brakes too. Before departure, they check the brakes on each one. Do the brake pads close properly and then release cleanly? The inspector subsequently organises the paperwork.
As the operator stops briefly to let us aboard, he receives a call from the train dispatcher. He is, in fact, blocking a level crossing. Fortunately, we drive on and there is no problem. We are even ahead of the train path, i.e. ahead of schedule. Ready to go! We depart while sounding the horns. There are no barriers in the port area when we cross a main road. We therefore provide an additional signal.