Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules – First Edition – January 1, 2007
The engineer must make the following test before the engine begins service:
Air compressors must be operating properly.
The air brake equipment must be in safe and operable condition.
The air brake feed valves are set at the proper pressure.
Main reservoirs must be free of moisture.
Air gauges must be registering properly.
Locomotive brake cylinder piston travel must be correct. Brake shoes should have sufficient clearance when released and when applied, the piston should travel approximately half its full range.
Brake rigging must be adequately secure and not less than half an inch above the rail.
Brake shoes must be in line with the tread.
Brake pipe leakage must not exceed 3 lbs per minute after a reduction of 10 lbs has been made.
At least two methods of adding water to the boiler must be present and in working order.
Maintain Pressure 13.15 The engineer/fireman must maintain steam pressure as close to operating pressure as possible without lifting the safety valves.
Smoke 13.16 The engineer/fireman must ensure that smoke is kept to a minimum.
Loading and unloading 13.17 When loading and unloading passengers or freight or whenever the engine crew detrains, the locomotive will be in neutral, the locomotive brakes and train brakes will be fully applied.