Traverse bridges are used at workshops and rail terminals, where there is limited space for any required tracks. The function of a traverse bridge is to move locomotives and / or wagons from one track to one of the adjacent or opposite tracks. At rail terminals, the wagons are delivered on one of the tracks, after which the locomotives can traverse via the traverse bridge to a bypass (or a free-standing railway). Via the circulation track, the locomotives can then be moved to the other side of the wagons waiting on one of the railway tracks. These wagons can thus be drained again.
At workplaces, a traverse is used to move locomotives or wagons laterally from the installation track to a specific hall. This also allows the wagons or locomotives to be traversed from one hall to another hall, for example from a damage department to an assembly department. The great advantage of the traversebrug is that no long and expensive tracks have to be laid with lots of switches. Space is also available for other purposes. Traverse bridges are custom-designed and, in particular, the span, load and the number of tracks to be operated determine the execution. Also in terms of operation there are many possibilities, think of manual operation with positioning at sight, to (semi) automatic positioning by means of radio control or via a network. The control system can also be included in a maintenance and operational diagnostic system. The bridge will continue to be provided with the necessary safety devices such as a protection against driving down, a switchable shore lock and all necessary signal lighting.
The total execution consists of designing, manufacturing, supplying and assembling the complete traverse bridge. All protections and signaling contribute to a safe and user-friendly installation.