Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules – First Edition – January 1, 2007
14.0 Air Brake Rules
Train Brake Inspection 14.1 Brake equipment on locomotives and cars must be inspected and tested in accordance with the regulations set forth herein. These regulations have been established to assist engine and train crews in moving their trains in a safe and efficient manner.
Feed valve setting 14.2 Brake Pipe pressure for trains will be determined by that railroad
Shop Forces Jointly Responsible for equipment 14.3 Shop foreman and shop workers are jointly responsible with enginemen and trainmen for the condition of airbrake equipment on locomotives and cars to the extent that it is possible to detect defective equipment by the required air test.
Blow Water From Lines 14.4 All condensation must be blown from brake pipe of locomotives before coupling hose to train.
Valves Fully Open or Fully Closed 14.5 To ensure proper operation of the brakes, all angle and cutout cocks must be fully open from the engine to the rear car. When angle cocks are open, the handles stand straight (parallel) with the pipe, and when closed, the handles stand crosswise (at right angle) with the pipe.
Initial Terminal Train Air Brake Test 14.6 An “Initial Terminal Air Brake Test” must be performed by a qualified employee where the train is initially made up or to train cars that are added to the consist.
Initial Terminal Procedure 14.7 Procedure for initial terminal inspection and test:
After all hoses are made up and there are no air leaks, ensure that the airbrake system has been charged sufficiently to within two pounds of the locomotive feed valve setting as indicated by the locomotive air gauge. Upon confirmation of a proper request or signal to apply the train brakes, a 20 lb brake pipe reduction will be made from the pressure indicated by the brake pipe gauge on the locomotive. One long sound of the whistle should be made to indicate that the brakes are applied for the test. After the brakes have been applied, begin the brake pipe leakage test, not to exceed 5 lbs, for one minute. An inspection of the train brakes must be made to determine that the brakes are applied on each car, that the brake rigging does not bind or foul, and that all parts of the equipment are properly secured. When the inspection of the application of the train brakes is completed, and upon confirmation of the proper request or signal to release the