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A wheelskate, or wheel skate, is a device used to lift a damaged rail wheel and enable it to slide again so the train can be moved for repairs.[1] Wheelskates are used by a variety of railroads, both passenger and freight.[2][self-published source?] They enable the continued operation of rail lines that would otherwise be brought to a halt by a breakdown.[3]


  1. ^ Safety Central. "Jargon Buster". Retrieved 14 March 2013. A device used in the case of a locomotive or vehicle having a wheel which is seized and will not rotate freely, to enable it to be moved clear of a running line.
  2. ^ Ellis British Railway Engineering Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. 7 September 2006. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-84728-643-7. Retrieved 14 March 2013. A wheeled device reminiscent of a skateboard, used to lift a damaged rail wheel clear of the rail, in turn allowing the rail vehicle to be moved (slowly) to a place of repair.
  3. ^ Railway Safety. "Design and Operation of Wheelskates" (PDF). pp. 6 (PDF page 8). Retrieved 14 March 2013. A device for rescuing crippled vehicles where a wheelset is not fit to rotate, by lifting the affected wheelset and providing alternative support and guidance.