Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules – First Edition – January 1, 2007
Clearance through Gates 7.14 Before moving engines or cars through gates, doorways, garages, or similar openings, stop to ensure these openings are completely open and secure. When overhead or side clearances are close, make sure movement is safe.
Check the Switch 7.15 The employee handling the switch or derail is responsible for the position of the switch or derail in use. The employee must not allow movement to foul an adjacent track until the hand-operated switch is properly lined. Do not operate a switch that is tagged. If the switch is spiked, do not remove the spike unless authorized by the proper authority. Employees handling switches and derails must make sure:
the switches and derails are properly lined for the intended route.
the points fit properly and the target, if so equipped, corresponds with the
switch’s position. When possible, crew members on the engine must see that the switches and the derails near the engine are properly lined.
Normal Switch Position 7.16 The normal position of a main track switch is for main track movement, and it must be lined and locked in that position. At points where double track begins, the normal position of a spring switch is for movement with the current of traffic.
However, the main track switch may be left open:
in CTC territory within track and time limits
when attended by a crew member or a switch tender
during switching operations when it is certain that no other train or engine will
pass over the switch
for another train or engine when instructions are understood by the other crew
within ABS limits when instructed by the train dispatcher.
Line the Switch after the Move 7.17 Do not return a main track switch to the normal position until movement is clear of the main track.
Snow in the Switch 7.18 During snowstorms, ice storms, or other conditions that may prevent a spring switch from functioning properly, avoid making a trailing movement through the spring switch until the switch has been lined by hand for the movement.
Protect the Spiked Switch 7.19 A spring switch that is spiked over must be protected.