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Points and crossings

A combination of rail and track components that provide for one track to join or cross another whilst maintaining continuous support and direction to the rolling stock wheels. The points are the location where one track separates into two tracks (or vice-versa) and generally includes moving rail components called switches or switch blades. The crossing allows rolling stock wheels to cross over a rail. Combinations of points and crossings may be used to construct various track structures including slips, diamond crossings, turnouts and Catchpoints.