Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules – First Edition – January 1, 2007
Movement On Both Ends 7.7 When engines may be working at both ends of a common track or tracks at the same time or block when given authority, there must be a clear understanding so that the crews involved are aware of movements to be made to avoid injury or damage.
Switch Position 7.8 Conductors are responsible for the position of switches used by them and members of the crew. This, however, does not relieve other crewmembers where and when they are handling a switch or are able to observe the positions of switches. Mainline switches and controlled siding switches should be left in their normal operating positions when switching movements are complete.
Switch Properly Lined 7.9 In switching or other movements where trainmen are handling switches, they must know that the switch is properly set and points are aligned and locked before signaling the engineer to move. Switches must be left in their normal position after having been used and locks must be tested to know they are secure. When a switch cannot be properly locked or hooked, it must be secured and reported to the proper authority. Main track switch locks found defective or missing must be replaced immediately.
Switch, Then Move 7.10 Employees lining switches must see that points fit properly and that switches are lined for routes intended before initiating movement over them. If a rigid switch is run- through and damaged, it is thereafter unsafe and must be protected. If an engine or car is run partially through a switch, the entire movement must be continued. When a switch is damaged, it must be reported immediately to the proper authority and switch-spiked in the normal position unless track supervisor takes charge.
“S” is for Spring Switch 7.11 Spring switches are identified by the letter “S” on the flag stand. A train or engine trailing through and stopping on a spring switch must control the slack. If the train or engine has not cleared the switch, a crewmember must line the switch before making a reverse movement.
Detraining 7.12 Employees riding on equipment while moving over a switch must when practicable pass the switch stand before detraining to change the position of the switch.
Stop Before Turntable 7.13 Before movement is made onto or off of a turntable, a stop must be made and trainmen must know that the rails are properly aligned and latches and locks are properly engaged. All equipment being turned shall have the wheels chained or chocked before being turned.