to whack over points

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Could you please explain underlined sentence? What is the meaning of 'points' here which the train whacks over?

The train whacks over points.

"What am I doing here?"

The train slows into a station......

Source: All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Keith has it right (though I double checked by doing a Google search). Here is more information than you can probably use:

    Railroad Glossary terms & Definitions

    POINT OF SWITCH: The end of the switch rail farthest from the frog. This is where the switch stand or operating mechanism moves the switch points to change switch position.

    FROG: A track structure used at the intersection of two running rails to provide support for wheels and passageways for their flanges, thus permitting wheels on either rail to cross over the rails (you'll see this again when we talk about turnouts and crossings).
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