Other Signals

Gleissperre liegt an  At the left rail you see a derailer connected to a box that can display either the Sh0: stop or Gsp 2: derailer off aspect.

The box at the right is found often in DR area. It combines a Ra 11a waiting board, a Kreisscheibe, and a Ra 12 signal in a W-Box.
Note that the Kreisscheibe is obsolete now and may disappear in the future.

Haltetafel und Wartezeichen  Another Ra 11a/Ra 12/Kreisscheibe box.

The black board on top is a Ne 5: Haltetafel (Stopping Marker Board): Halting trains stop here.

Zp 8:Bremsen sind in Ordnung  A Zp 8 signal at Rostock Hbf: brake test ok.

The "A" is a sign for passenger information showing the platform section, to help passengers finding out where a specific coach will halt. The problem is that Deutsche Bahn often swaps the position of the coaches, and the only information given is that the sequence of coaches (Wagenreihung) has changed, so it's up to you to start running once the train stops. I miss the Chinese high-speed trains. The coach numbers are written onto the platform, and train halts with the doors within centimetres of these markings.

Fahrtanzeiger (Rückseite): das Ausfahrsignal zeigt einen Fahrbegriff  Another Zp 8 brake test signal and the rear side of a Fahrtanzeiger (proceed indicator) at Lübeck Hbf.
Fahrtanzeiger  The Front of the Fahrtanzeiger.
Fahrtanzeiger aus, Vorsignal zeigt Halt erwarten  At Ahrensburg, a Fahrtanzeiger, then a distant signal repeater indicate whether the exit signal (the post of which you can see behind the distant signal) shows a proceed aspect.
fanz_rz.jpg (34520 Byte)  A Fahrtanzeiger at Ratzeburg.
elektrisches Weichensignal im Hamburger Freihafen  A light points signal. showing Wn 1 - straight.
Signal für Rückfallweiche So 18 signal for spring-loaded points displaying aspect So 18a: Point is locked and be travelled facing

To the left (click for larger version) you see a Wn points signal. Usually black, this one is yellow to indicate a spring-loaded point

Schutzsignal zeigt Kennlicht  A train protection signal, usually used to separate a platform into two sections that can be occupied by different trains. The signal can display either Sh 0 (stop for train and shunting movements) or the Kennlicht (marker light), which means that the signal is to be ignored. Note the white-red-white signal post plate on the full picture.

This picture is by courtesy of Olaf Kerstiens.

So 18a This and the next picture is used by kind permission of Ian Silvester, see his site at http://www.dorneyphoto.com/.
There are some interesting details (click on the picture for the full version): The car (the famous East German Trabant), still has an old East German number plate.
The point in front is a spring-loaded point as is indicated by the orange-coloured point signal, and it is set to straight. The supervision signal for spring-loaded points displays aspect So 18a: the point can be travelled facing.
So 18b A moment later, 99 5901-6 trails the point, cutting it open. The signal now displays So 18b, which means that a train travelling facing points would have to stop and make sure that the point is locked. After the 99 5901-6 and the coaches will have passed the spring-loaded point, it will return to the straight position and a moment later will be locked, so that the signal will also return to the So 18a aspect.