Track cars do not reliably activate track
circuits (shunt the track). For this reason the movement of track cars
requires a separate category of rules that provide for the necessary
protection of these movements.
800. Foremen and Track Car Drivers;
Responsibilities, Governing Rules, Qualifications
Foremen and Track Car Drivers will be in charge
of the track cars under their jurisdiction. They will be governed by
the rules and special instructions that apply to trains, except as
modified by the rules governing Movement of Track Cars. Foremen and
Track Car Drivers must be qualified on the Operating Rules, Timetable
and physical characteristics of the territory on which they are to
801. Inspection of Track Cars
The Foremen or Track Car Driver must perform a
visual inspection to see that the track car is in safe operating
condition before operating it. Track cars must not be operated if
found in an unsafe condition.
802. Rules and Signals
ABS rules, DCS rules, and numbered automatic
block signals do not apply to the movement of track cars.
Track cars must approach interlocking signals,
controlled point signals, and unnumbered automatic block signals
prepared to stop.
803. Placing or Operating Track Cars on
a. Tracks Where ABS or DCS Rules are in
Form D line 2 and line 3 is the authority for
the movement of track cars and must be obtained before track cars are
placed or operated on a track where ABS or DCS rules are in effect.
Three exceptions are:
- Track car movements within yard limits in
non-signaled DCS territory may be made with verbal permission of the
Dispatcher (or Operator when authorized by the Dispatcher).
- Track car movements at an interlocking may be
made one track car length beyond the home signal into ABS or DCS
territory. Such movements require verbal permission of the
Dispatcher (or Operator when authorized by the Dispatcher).
- Track car movements that will be performing
maintenance within Working Limits may be made on verbal permission
of the employee in charge as prescribed by Rule 135, part (d),
“Movements within Working Limits.”
Before issuing a Form D lines 2 and 3 or
granting verbal permission for a track car to shift at an interlocking
as outlined in item (2) above, the Dispatcher must ensure that:
- No trains have been authorized to move in the
direction of the point to be occupied, and
- Signals governing opposing and following
movements are in Stop position, and
- Blocking devices are applied to protect
against opposing and following movements.
The Dispatcher must issue a copy of the Form D
to all Operators involved.
b. Tracks Where ABS or DCS Rules Are Not in
On tracks where ABS or DCS rules re not in
effect and an employee is in charge of the track, track cars must not
be placed or operated on the track unless authorized by that
employee. Where no employee is in charge of the track, track cars may
occupy the track without permission.
804. Additions to Form D Line 2
The Dispatcher may direct addressee(s) to add
additional line 2 authorities to a specified direction Form D which is
still in effect providing no new trains or track cars have been
authorized to operate within the limits of the additional line 2.
Before issuing additional line 2 authorities, protection as prescribed
by Rule 803, “Placing or Operating Track Cars on Tracks”, must be
Additional line 2 authorities will be added as
- The Dispatcher must contact the addressee(s),
state his intent to give them an additional line 2 authority, and
state the number and date of the Form D to which the Line 2
authority will be added.
- The Dispatcher will then transmit the
additional line 2 authority and his initials. The addressee(s) will
repeat the authority. The Dispatcher must not transmit the “time”
of the addition to the addressee(s) until they have correctly
repeated the authority. The addressee(s) must not act upon the
additional authority until they receive the “time” of the addition.
- The Dispatcher and the addressee(s) must
record all additional information on line 2 of their Form D.
When an additional line 2 authority is given to
a track car, Form D line 3 authority may be issued or extended to
authorize the track car to proceed past Stop Signal(s) at
interlockings or controlled points. The Dispatcher must not transmit
the “time” of the addition to the addressee(s) for the line 2
authority until the addressee(s) have correctly repeated both the line
2 and line 3. The Dispatcher and the addressee(s) must record all
information on line 2 and 3 of their Form D.
805. Track Car Following Other Movements
A track car with a specified direction Form D
line 2 authority may be permitted to follow a train or another track
car when Form D line 3 specified the train or track car ahead. When
no trains or track cars are ahead, “NONE” must be written on line 3 of
Form D. When line 3 indicates a train or track car ahead, speed must
be regulated as follows;
- Passenger and truck type highway rail cars
must operate at a speed that will allow stopping within one-half the
range of vision, short of a train or track car.
- All other track cars must operate at
When the train or track car ahead clears the
limits of the following track car’s line 2 authority, the Dispatcher
may authorize the following track car to operate at Normal Speed. To
make this authorization, the Dispatcher must instruct the Track Car
Driver or Foreman to add the words, “[insert applicable train or track
car number] is clear at [time][Dispatcher’s initials]” to line 13 of
the original Form D.
806. Train Following Track Car
Except in an emergency, a train must not be
permitted to follow a track car into ABS or DCS territory. In an
emergency, the Dispatcher may permit a train to follow a track car by
issuing Form D line 2 and line 3 authority. The Dispatcher must
instruct the train to operate at Restricted Speed on Form D line 13.
807. Interlockings and Controlled Points
a. Form D Authorization
A Form D authorizing movement to an
interlocking or controlled point permits movement only to the signal
at the entrance to the final interlocking or controlled point named in
the Form D.
b. Dispatcher’s or Operator’s
The Dispatcher or Operator must properly line
the route to the movement of track cars at interlockings and
controlled points. Signals governing movement to tracks other than
ABS or DCS tracks may be displayed. Signals must not be displayed for
movement to ABS or DCS tracks.
c. Authorization Past Stop Signal
Verbal permission in accordance with Rule 241
or Form D line 3 will authorize a track car to proceed past a Stop
Signal at an interlocking or controlled point. Movement must be made
at Restricted Speed through interlocking limits or until controlled
points have been cleared.
d. Reporting Clear
Unless otherwise instructed, the Foreman or
Track Car Driver must report clear of all interlockings and controlled
808. Clearing a Track Specified on Form D
When a track car clears the track specified on
Form D line 2, the Form D authorizing the use of the track is
fulfilled, and a new Form D must be issued for any further movement.
The Foreman or Track Car Driver must report clear to the Dispatcher or
809. Specified Directions and Specified
To make a reverse movement, a track car
authorized by Form D line 2o to operate in a specified direction must
follow one of the procedures listed below:
- The track car must receive another Form D,
line 2 to operate in the opposite direction, or
- The track car may make a reverse movement at
Restricted Speed. Reverse movement must not go beyond the last
whole mile post or station.
A track car with Form D authority to operate in
both directions may operate in either direction. When authority for
movement in both directions is authorized, the Dispatcher must not
authorize additional movements within the specified limits
810. Opposing Movements of Track Cars
The Dispatcher may permit opposing movements of
track cars between 2 TBS’s, interlockings or controlled points, only
if the movements are restricted to separate portions of the track.
811. Highway Crossings
Track cars must approach highway crossing
prepared to stop. They must give highway traffic the right-of-way.
812. Operating Over Switches and Movable
Track cars must not pass over switches or
movable point frogs until it is determined that such appliances are
Track cars must not trail through spring
switches or semi-automatic switches unless such switches are properly
813. Movement of Multiple Track Carsb
Multiple track cars operating on the same Form
D line 2 authority must regulate their speed to permit stopping short
of equipment ahead.
The employee addressed in Form D must inform
other employees operating under his jurisdiction of the contents of
the Form D before acting upon it. If necessary, drivers of additional
track cars must remind the employee addressed in the Form D of the
contents of the authority.
814. Displaying Lights
When they are so equipped, track cars must
display a white light to the front and a red light to the rear under
the following conditions:
- When visibility is restricted.
- When passing through tunnels.
- At night.
Highway rail vehicles must have headlights on
high beam when moving on any track.
815. Maximum Speeds
Track cars must not exceed the maximum freight
train speed. In addition, the following maximum speeds apply to the
movement of track cars:
Rail Detectors, Geometry Cars, and Psgr Type
Highway Rail Cars
All Other Track Cars
When backing up
standing trains on adjacent tracks
When pulling or
through self-guarded frogs or switch point guards, or diverting
through spring frogs
When being passed
by a train or an adjacent track
EXCEPTIONS: The following “Specialized
Equipment” is not required to be stopped while being passed by a
train on an adjacent track:
- Rail Grinders
- Switch Grinders
- Rail Detector Cars
- Geometry Cars
- GRMS (Gage Restraint Measuring System)
- Catenary Repair Cars
816. Unattended On-track Equipment
When any type of on-track equipment is not continuously attended by
the employee in charge of the equipment, the equipment must be secured
to prevent movement.