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Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules First Edition January 1, 2007

7.0 Switching

Precaution When Shoving 7.1 When shoving cars, precaution must be taken to prevent damage or fouling of other tracks. When conditions require, a crewmember must take a conspicuous position on the leading car, using proper signals. When shoving cars over a public crossing, a trainman must ride the leading end of the leading car or be ahead to protect the crossing.

Watch Where You Stop 7.2 Trains moving under conditions that may require them to stop, must where possible, clear public grade crossings. When leaving equipment on any track, it must be left clear of a public crossing at grade. When necessary to spot equipment in the vicinity of a crossing, it must if possible, be left 50 feet from road, sidewalk, or street line to afford an unobstructed view for persons approaching from either direction

Careful Switching 7.3 Switching must be done in a careful manner to avoid severe shocks by sudden starting or stopping or by impact in making couplings and to prevent personal injury or damage to equipment. Cars and engines must not be permitted to couple at excessive speeds. A stop must be made just prior to coupling to occupied (passengers on board) equipment. From the initial makeup of trains, all cars must be handled with brakes in service across public crossings and on grades exceeding 0.5% when in revenue service. Cars in route found having brake problems would be placed mid-train. No less than 50% operating brakes are allowed. Whenever a coupling is attempted by an engine or car with other equipment, the joint must be stretched to know that coupler pins are locked before further movement is made or before air and electrical connections are made. Proper precautions must be taken to prevent damage or fouling of other tracks before coupling to equipment that may roll away when coupling is attempted.

Kicking & Dropping 7.4 Kicking and dropping of cars are prohibited.

Cars Left To Foul 7.5 Cars must not be shoved or left to foul leads or adjacent tracks until it is safe to do so. Engines and cars must not be left to foul adjacent tracks.

Set Handbrakes 7.6 A sufficient number of handbrakes must be set to hold cars standing on any track. When applying handbrakes, the car’s brakes must be applied by the air system or the car’s air reservoir drained. If brakes are inoperative, cars must be secured by other means. When cars are set out on a grade, they must be coupled if practicable, and in addition to brakes being set, wheels must be chocked and if necessary chained to the rail.


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