240. Tracks Designated in Timetable
The following rules will be in effect on track
designated in the Timetable: Rule 251 and Rule 261; DCS Rules 400
through 406; ABS Rules 500 through 510; CSS Rules 550 and 562.
241. Passing a Stop Signal
To pass a Stop Signal, a train must have verbal
permission of the Dispatcher (or Operator when authorized by the
Dispatcher). Permission must not be given or accepted until the train
has stopped at the signal. A member of the crew must contact the
Dispatcher or Operator and follow his instructions.
a. Giving Permission to Pass
Before giving permission to pass the Stop
Signal, the Dispatcher (or Operator) must determine that:
- Affected appliances are properly positioned.
If the position of a switch cannot be determined, the route must be
- No opposing or conflicting movements have been
- Blocking devices have been applied to protect
against opposing movements whenever the Stop Signal involved governs
entrance to a track where Rule 261 is in effect.
The Dispatcher (or Operator) must give
permission to pass a Stop Signal in the following manner:
“No. 5316 engine 4129
pass Stop Signal on No. 2 track at Rare and proceed east to No. 1
The receiving employee must repeat this
permission and the Dispatcher or Operator must then confirm it.
b. Movement After Permission Has Been
After permission has been confirmed, the train
must operate at Restricted Speed until the entire train has cleared
all interlocking or spring switches and the leading wheels have:
- Passed a more favorable fixed signal, or
- Entered a non-signaled DCS territory, or
- Entered Rule 562 territory with a Form D
authorizing Rule 563.
In CSS territory, trains with operative cab
signals must not increase their speed until they have run one train
length or 500 feet (whichever distance is greater) past a location
where a more favorable cab signal was received.
c. Stopped at Automatic Interlocking Home
When a train is stopped at a home signal at an
automatic interlocking and no immediate conflicting movement is
evident, the movement will be governed by:
- Instructions posted at that location.
- Instructions in the Timetable.
Track cars may proceed after first determining
that there are no approaching or conflicting movements.
d. Stopped at a Signal Protecting Movable
Under the following conditions, a qualified
employee must determine that the rails are properly lined and the
bridge is safe for movement before verbal permission is given to pass
- When the signal cannot be displayed for the
first movement over the bridge after the bridge has been closed,
regardless of bridge lock indication, or
- At any time a bridge unlock indication is
e. Stop Signal Disregarded
If a Stop Signal is disregarded, the Dispatcher
or Operator must immediately take two actions:
- Attempt to stop that train and other trains
- Notify the next TBS or interlocking station.
242. Absent or Imperfectly Displayed Signals
If a fixed signal is absent from the place
where it is usually shown, movement must be governed by the most
restrictive indication that can be given by that signal. This absence
must be reported to the Dispatcher immediately.
Imperfectly displayed signals must be reported to
the Dispatcher or Operator as soon as practical, without delay to the
Imperfectly displayed signals must be regarded
as the most restrictive indication that can be given by that signal.
The following exceptions apply to color light signals, position light
signals, color position light signals, and semaphore signals:
- Signal Indication Governs
If only one indication
is possible, this indication will govern.
- Restricting Signal Indication Applies
If more than one
indication is possible, and it can be determined that all possible
indications are more favorable than Stop and Proceed, trains may
proceed as though a Restricting Signal were displayed.
243. Next Governing Signal
Trains may operate according to the indication
of the next fixed signal governing the movement when the following
conditions have been met:
- The next governing signal can be plainly seen,
- The train is not required by rule or the
previous signal indication to operate at Restricted Speed.
If governed by a signal displaying Limited
Clear, Medium Clear, Medium Approach Medium, Medium Approach, Slow
Clear, or Slow Approach, speed must not be increased until the entire
train is clear of all interlocking or spring switches.
251. Track Signaled in One Direction
When track is signaled in only one direction,
signal indication will be the authority for trains to operate with the
current of traffic. Movements against the current of traffic will be
governed by non-signaled DCS rules.
261. Track Signaled in Both Directions
Signal indication will be the authority for a
train to operate in either direction on the same track.
At a hand-operated switch that is not equipped
with an electric lock, a train may clear the main track only where
maximum authorized speed on the main track over this switch is 20 MPH
EXCEPTION: Trains may
clear at a hand-operated switch on a controlled siding with no
intermediate signals and a maximum speed that does not exceed 30 MPH.