Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules – First Edition – January 1, 2007
properly. Inspections should be made while stopped, lubrication provided, and adjustments made as necessary.
Unauthorized Persons 13.9 The engineer must not permit unauthorized persons to ride on or operate locomotives. Other engine service employees, when competent, may handle the locomotive under the direct supervision of the engineer, who is on duty and entirely responsible for that locomotive.
Keep it Clean 13.10 The engineer (together with the fireman) should keep the locomotive clean and wiped down.
Sight Glasses 13.11 The engineer must know that the locomotive has sufficient water maintained in the boiler at all times. The engineer must test all sight glasses to ensure that all water registering appliances are in proper working condition.
The engineer must test each sight glass before departing for service at the beginning of a shift, or immediately upon assuming responsibility for a steam engine.
The engine crew must blow down the sight glass at least once an hour.
Procedure for Testing Sight Glass
Close the top water glass feed valve from the boiler.
Open the drain valve, verifying that water fills the glass. Close drain valve.
Open the top water glass feed valve from the boiler.
Close the bottom water glass feed valve from the boiler.
Open the drain valve, verifying that steam fills the glass. Close drain valve.
Open the bottom water glass feed valve from the boiler.
Blowing Down 13.13 The engineer and/or fireman must operate the blow down valve at proper intervals to purify the boiler.
The engineer must ensure that boilers are blown down at least twice a day, or as often as water tests indicate.
The engineer must determine the position of engine and wind direction before blowing down, to ensure spray will not come back on engine or train, or damage trackside landscaping, buildings, equipment, and most importantly people.
The engineer must ensure that the boilers are blown down before beginning service (before sediment is stirred up).