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All employees in the following crafts are governed by and must be qualified on the Operating Rules:
- Train and engine service employees
- Rail traffic controllers
- Yard masters
- MW foreman
- Track car drivers
- Employees responsible for the supervision of workers in these crafts
Employees are governed by the following operating instructions. They must maintain these documents and have them when reporting for duty and while performing service:
- Operating Rules MN-400
- Employee Timetable
- Equipment Operating Instructions MN-401
- Electrical Instructions for Operating Employees MN-290OP
- General Safety Instructions
- Emergency Instructions
If the engine is equipped with a bell, it must be sounded
When the engine is about to move, except at passenger station stops.
While approaching and passing over public highway grade crossings
While passing a train standing on an adjacent track
While approaching and passing roadway workers on or near the tracks
In an emergency.
When the buzzer cannot be repaired without causing delay, the train may proceed after the engineer and conductor determine the alternate means of communications, in order of preference, the following alternate means may be used:
2) PA system
4) hand signals
Acknowledgement for any stop signal other than fixed signal.
When standing, prior to commencing forward movement, except at passenger station stops.
O O O
When standing, prior to commencing back up movement
When running, acknowledgement that train will stop at the next passenger station or scheduled employee stop.
_ _ O _
Approaching a public highway grade crossing, engine horn must be sounded at a point 1/4 mile before crossing, except if speed of the train does not exceed 60 mph, and or stop is to be made before reaching crossing, horn must begin to be sounded no less than 15 but no more than 20 seconds before entering crossing.
Approaching a passenger station on a track adjacent to a platform.
The signal is not required between 2100 hours and 0600, unless the engineer observes one or more persons on or near the platform
_ _ O
Approaching location of meets.
Succession of short sounds?
Alarm for person or animal on or near tracks.
Member of crew must protect adjacent tracks
_ O O O
_ _ _ _
Member of crew protecting tracks may return.
Approaching roadway workers or their equipment on or near track, regardless of any whistle prohibitions. After this initial warning, two short whistle prohibitions. After this initial warning, two short whistle signals must be sounded intermittently until the head end of train has passed the roadway workers or their equipment.
Buzzer signal O O
When standing, proceed
When moving stop at once
Buzzer signal O O O
When standing back up
When moving stop at the next passenger station or employee stop.
buzzer signal _
When standing apply or release brakes
Buzzer signal _ O _
The headlight must be dimmed:
1) when standing or approaching another train in the opposite direction in multiple track territory, except that headlight will not be dimmed approaching a highway grade crossing.
2) At all times between GCT and CP-1
3) while standing or passing through yards and yard tracks
4) approaching locations where a Form M is to be received
5) when standing or moving on single track at meeting points
If the headlight and all auxiliary lights fail or if the headlight fails on Bombardier cab cars, regardless of the condition of the auxiliary lights, the train may only operate to the next forward location where repairs can be made. The RTC must be notified immediately and
A white light must be substituted in the cab window
The engine bell if equipped, must be sounded continuously
The engine horn must be sounded frequently
Train must stop and warn at all public and private highway grade crossings
The Conductor is required to remind the engineer of the following instructions issued by the RTC prior to reaching the location where the restriction takes effect:
1) a speed restriction
2) stop and warn order
3) working limits stop sign
4) an unscheduled meet.
Only the following information can be added to a Form M once it is made effective:
1) block clear line 11
2) extension of time allowed under line 1, 2, 3 authority (line 13)
3) cancellation or fulfillment information
4) the name and craft of the employee receiving the Form M
Train or track cars receiving permission to pass a stop signal must operate at restricted speed until:
1) entire length of train has passed a location where a more favorable cab signal indication is received.
2) train or track cars enters MBS territory.
3) track car is clear of interlocking territory and is proceeding on Form M.
A Road Train Cab Signal Test will be performed by the engineer each time he sets up a cab for operation as the lead unit on a train. The Road Train Cab Signal Test will consist of:
1) examining all train control apparatus cut out switches for proper position and application of seals.
2) inspecting the Cab Signal Certification form(ME-8c) to ensure test completion within past 24 hours.
3) examining a lighted aspect of the cab signal display to ensure the system is energized.
4) testing of audible indicator.
5) if the engine is not equipped with a mode selector switch, ensuring the ATC is activated.
When a cab signal indication momentarily changes(flips), the engineer will make a report to the RTC by radio as soon as possible including the following information:
3) cab signal indications involved
4) whether the flip required acknowledgement.
A train will be considered to have a train control apparatus failure(failed train) when any component of the train control apparatus fails to operate as intended, such as
1) the audible indicator fails to sound when required or continues sounding when not required.
2) the speedometer is inoperative reading 0 mph when train is moving, or there is a constant no motion (v zero) indication.
3) it is necessary to operate the cut out switch for the cab signals, ATC, ATS or any other component of the train control apparatus, except when necessary for MBS territory.
4) damage or fault occurs to any part of the train control apparatus.
5) the train experiences continuous cab signal flips.
The RWIC of an out of service track must write on his copy of the Form M in the section Line 3 labeled additional equipment or employees authorized to use out of service track:
1) the name of the employee in charge of the additional equipment or employees
2) the location where the equipment or employees will be working
3) the time that the Form M was read or shown to the employee in charge.
Trains must immediately begin reduction to Medium Speed upon passing the Approach sign or Diverting approach sign and must approach working limits stop signs prepared to stop except in the following cases:
1) trains passing the Diverting Approach Sign are able to determine by visual observation of the switch points or by communication with the RTC that they are not diverting to the affected track may proceed at MAS.
2) trains given permission to pass the Working Limits Stop sign at MAS may proceed at MAS.
3) trains given permission to pass the Working Limits Stop sign and to operate at a speed higher than Medium Speed but less than MAS through the working limits must begin reduction to that designated speed upon passing the Approach Sign or Diverting Approach Sign.
In granting foul time, the RTC will provide the RWIC with the following information:
1) track designation
2) limits of protection
3) time limits
4) the time blocking devices were applied.
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