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For a start

PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:19 pm
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WELCOME
This Wiki-style site is provided by MODRATEC as a resource for railway enthusiasts and model-makers who wish to understand the art and science of rail safety engineering. The site was tentatively launched on 18 May 2009, but software issues meant that it was quickly hidden from public view. In a revised form it went on-line on 7 January 2010. It has now been further revised (June 2011) to allow greater freedom for registered users to add to the knowledge through their own posts and replies.

INFORMATION TREE
Information is arranged in a single tree structure. The general principle is that each "branch" of knowledge progresses from the most generic towards the most specific. Arguably, this represents a transition from the abstract to the concrete, or from the theoretical to the practical.

As information builds up in a particular branch, a "Sticky" topic (it will stay towards the top of the topic list) will be created as a summary or distillation of the knowledge gained.

In addition, a further "Sticky" may specify the kind of information that should be added through the creation of new topics, or as answers to existing topics.

GUESTS

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REGISTER USERS

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AUTHORS
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THE EDITOR
The writer of this introduction is also the editor of this resource. He's Australian, so please don't accuse him of not knowing how to spell words like authorise and colour and even signalling. If, however, you discover genuine typos or inaccuracies, please let us know. The editor is not a signalling expert, although he's not a total idiot either! However, he does claim skills of logic and structure learnt as an engineer, and is a keen student of railway practice.

PARALLEL RESOURCE
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