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1. General Operating Rules

The CH&FR General Operating Rules are incorporated here by reference.  Additional Rules specific to operations within the Frost River Sub are outlined in the subsections below

2. Special Instructions

2.1 Standard Clocks, Bulletin Books and Train Registers

The Standard Clock, Bulletin Book and Train Register are kept at the locations indicated in the subdivision-specific sections of the timetable. All clocks are kept at a 1:1 clock ratio, unless otherwise specified by the Train Master.

The Standard Clock is the JMRI Fast Clock running on the train room computer.

2.2 Train Register

All Track Warrants and Train Orders shall be recorded in the Train Register. Trains not listed in the Timetable shall not be permitted to operate outside of Yard Limits without a proper Track Warrant or Train Order.

Train and Work Crews are responsible for reviewing the Train Register prior to beginning work, and for recording their operations as necessary in the Train Register.

The Train Register is on the train room computer.

2.3 Standard Car Length and Track Capacities

2.3.1 Standard Car Length

The Standard Car Length for measuring approximate capacities of sidings, spurs, stub and yard tracks on the CH&FR is the 50-foot boxcar.

A 50-foot Boxcar in N scale is 3-3/4 inches.

2.3.2 Track Capacities (Definition)

Track capacities shall be specified in (scale) feet and standard car lengths.

2.4 Position and Operation of Switches

2.4.1 Normal Position

The “normal” position of all switches shall be “Lined for Main”. All switches will be returned to their normal position after each train has passed, unless the Dispatcher, Train Master, Train Orders or Track Warrant provides specific instructions otherwise.

The "normal" position of switches is indicated by a green marker, and the "reverse" or "thrown" position is indicated by a red marker.

Operation of Switches under remote Dispatcher Control are the responsibility of the Dispatcher. Train Crews shall not manually or remotely change switch settings without receiving prior permission from the Dispatcher. This permission may be granted as part of a Train Order or Track Warrant.

2.4.2 Calling Switch Positions

The position of all switches will be called by the Conductor at least 4 (four) car lengths prior to the switch and confirmed by the Engineer.

2.4.3 Clearance of Switches

Clearance points for switches are indicated by yellow markers. No train equipment shall be placed closer to the switch frog than the clearance point marker, except briefly as part of an ongoing switching move.

3. Train Movements

3.1 General

No train shall occupy the Main Line without appropriate authorization, by Timetable, Train Order, Track Warrant, or explicit directive by the Train Master. Operations within Yard Limits may be authorized independently by the designated Yard Master. Operations on branch line running tracks may be authorized by Train Order or Track Warrant.

3.2 Yard Limits

Yard limits extend from <insert loctation> to <insert location> at Frost River Yard.

Yard limits extend from Crossover 1 (MP 59) to Crossover 5 (MP 61) at Nolan Yard.

Trains entering or exiting the yard shall proceed at Restricted speed until the entire train has cleared the yard limits. Trains may not exit Yard Limits without a clearance and a valid Track Warrant from the Dispatcher. Yard Crews must obtain clearance from the Dispatcher before using the main line for switching operations. Main line trains must follow their Track Warrant when passing through Yard Limits on the main.

3.3 Passenger Stations

Passenger stations are listed in the individual subdivision sections.

Trains will exercise caution when passing passenger stations.

3.4 Whistle / Horn and Bell Instructions

Note: Non-sound-equipped trains are exempt from audible signaling requirements.

3.4.1 General Whistle / Horn Use

All Train Crews shall use the bell and whistle / horn as listed below. "O" indicates a short whistle/horn blast, and "-" indicates a long whistle/horn blast. Signals shall generally conform to GCOR Rule 14.

Rule
Signal
Action / Description
14(a)
o
(while standing) Applying air brakes (e.g. standing brake test)
14(b)
- -
Starting to move.  Releasing air brakes.
14(h)
o o o
Backing up.
14(l)
- - o -
Approaching grade crossing. Last "long" is extended until lead engine is in the crossing.
14(m)
o
(When moving) Approaching Passenger Station
14(p)
o o o o ...
(continuously) Warning to people and/or animals on or near track.

Other Rule 14 signals not listed here may be used at the Engineer's discretion.

Rules 14(b) and 14(h) may be omitted for brief stops and reversals during otherwise continuous switching operations. The whistle/horn should be used when resuming motion after any significant stop. The meaning of "significant" is left to the Engineer's discretion, always consistent with GOR#1.

3.4.2 Bell use

The bell shall be rung under the following conditions:

  • When starting from a stop, until the train is fully in motion
  • At all grade crossings, especially in Level One Quiet Zones and Times
  • When approaching or departing a Passenger Station
  • Any time nearby people should be alerted to a train in motion (See GOR#1)

3.4.3 Quiet Zones and Times

Train Crews shall observe Quiet Zones and Times as listed below or indicated in Bulletins, Train Orders, Track Warrants or other Dispatcher instructions.

Master sound volume should be controlled by the Train Master or his designee only.

At all times, GOR#1 takes precedence, and Train Crews shall use the whistle/horn and bell as necessary to ensure the safety of personnel or civilians, regardless of established Quiet Zones or Times.

Levels of Quiet Operation are defined as follows:

  • Level One: Bell only at crossings unless vehicles or pedestrians are approaching
  • Level Two: Bell only
  • Level Three: No sound effects unless headphones are in use.

3.5 Speed Restrictions

3.5.1 General Speed Limits

Unless otherwise posted, all freight operations are limited to 50 MPH and Passenger operations are limited to 79 MPH on CH&FR tracks.

All speed limits are MAXIMUM speeds. Trains should not proceed faster than prevailing weather and track conditions permit, at the Engineer's best judgement, in keeping with General Operating Rule #1.

Crews must also observe speed restrictions imposed by the equipment and rolling stock being used on their specific train.

In any case where two applicable speed limits conflict (e.g. a signal limit is lower than the speed limit indicated in a Track Warrant), the lowest applicable speed limit shall be followed.

3.5.2 Passenger Stations

Speed limit at passenger station locations is 20mph.  Engineers should exercise caution, watching for dangerous conditions with passengers and station crew in the vicinity.

3.5.3 Speed Restrictions by Signal Aspect

In Signaled territory, speed limits shall be as follows:

Signal Aspect
Speed Limit
Notes
Clear
As Posted

Advance Approach
30mph, prepared to slow to Approach at next signal

Approach
20mph, prepared to stop at next signal

Restricted
10mph, prepared to stop at any time

Stop
Stop, then proceed at Restricted.

Absolute Stop
Stop. Do not proceed without permission.

Specific rules on Signal Aspects:

  • On RESTRICTED aspect, the train must be prepared to stop short of any track obstructions.
  • On STOP aspect, the train must come to a full stop before reaching the signal. After coming to a full stop, the train may proceed at Restricted speed, prepared to stop for any track obstructions.
  • On ABSOLUTE STOP, the train must come to a full stop, and may not proceed without explicit authorization from the Dispatcher or Train Master. In CTC territory, a change of CTC signal to a permissive aspect constitutes authorization to proceed at the signal-indicated speed.

3.6 Historic Equipment

The CH&FR operates a great deal of equipment designated as Historic, but still placed in general revenue service. When designated Historic equipment is in use, or Historic rolling stock is part of a consist, Train Crews should check with the Dispatcher for special handling and operating instructions. Examples of such instructions may include (but are not limited to):

  • Operating speed limits
  • Maximum coupling speeds
  • Position restrictions within the train
  • Special inspection, repair and maintenance procedures

Any such special handling instructions must be strictly followed. Crews may be held personally financially liable for violating such instructions, unless GOR#1 applies to the incident.

4. Frost River Subdivision

4.1 Subdivision Track Map

Frost River Sub Track
Map

This is the overall track plan for the Frost River Subdivision.

Note: Danville and Corbin, KY are both represented by the staging tracks at the right side of the diagram.

4.2 Station and Crossing List


4.2.1 CSX CC Subdivision

M.P.
Station ID
Station Name
Location
KC 80.8

Paris
Paris, KY
KC 84.7

Clay

KC 89.0

Frost River
Frost River, KY
KC 93.4

James

KC 96.1

North Cabin (RJCC Junction)
Frost River, KY
KC 96.6

Winchester
Winchester, KY
KC 97.2

Patio
Winchester, KY

4.2.2 Frost River Branch

M.P.
Station ID
Station Name
Location
FR 0.0

Frost River Yard
Frost River, KY
FR 1.0

84 Lumber
Frost River, KY
FR 1.5

Chemical Plant
Frost River, KY
FR 3.5

Clost Industry
Frost River, KY
FR 5.0

Printing Plant
Frost River, KY

Note:  Some physical locations on the layout have two designated mileposts, because of the looping nature of the layout.  I reckon that is better than warping the time-space continuum.

4.3. Track Operations Information

Not updated for Frost River yet...

This section documents each track segment and specific rules for operating on that segment.

Abbreviations in Notes:

  • GC : Grade Crossing
  • YL : Yard Limits

4.3.1 Russel I/C to Nolan Yard

Track Map Russell I/C to Nolan Yard
Train starts at Russell I/C staging (MP 0), proceeds Southbound (counter-clockwise) on blue main track to Nolan Yard (MP 60).
Optionally, train continues on red and blue main tracks for multiple loops to extend run. 
Train ends at Nolan Yard A/D Track (MP 60).

MP
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
0
Russell  I/C
YL

9/11

(mine switch)


13

(road)
GC



(siding - NY A/D)


15

(tunnel switch)


1

(siding - RU/WI staging)


3/5

(mine switch)


13
59
US Rte. 1
GC
59

60
Nolan Yard North A/D
YL
1
15


4.3.2 Nolan Yard to Twin Bridge Hill

Track Map Nolan Yard to Twin Bridge Hill
Train exits Nolan Yard (MP 60) Southbound on blue main track, takes crossover to red main track at MP 68.  Track segment ends at Twin Bridge Hill (MP 72). Generally, train continues if authorized to Glover's Bend Station (MP 84).

Dispatcher's note:  Train can be held at MP 72 or at points end of North crossover at Glover's Bend (MP 83).
MP
ID
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
60
NY
Nolan Yard Tower



61

Nolan Yard South A/D
YL
1
25
62

Tunnel Switch

1
1
(63)

(Siding - RU/WI Staging)

1
3/5
65

Mine Branch Switch

3 (2)
13
68

Crossover

3
23
72
TH
Twin Bridge hill (TH)

4



4.3.3 Twin Bridge Hill to Glover's Bend Station

Track Map Twin Bridge Hill to Glover's Bend
Train proceeds along blue main line from Twin Bridge Hill (MP 72) South (counter-clockwise) to Glover's Bend Station (MP 84).

MP
ID
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
72
TH
Twin Bridge Hill



83

Crossover

11
17
84
GB
Glover's Bend Station

1


4.3.4 Glover's Bend to Williamson I/C

Track Map Glover's Bend to Williamson I/C
Train proceeds southbound from Glover's Bend Station (MP 84) South (counter-clockwise) along blue line, crossing to outer main line at MP 90.  Train continues along red main line to Williamson I/C Staging (MP 94).
MP
ID
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
84
GB
Glover's Bend Station



85

Town Branch Switch

1
21
90

Crossover

5
17
92

Crossover

2
23
94
WI
Williamson I/C

2
3/5


4.3.5 Mine Branch

Track Map of Mine Branch
From Nolan Yard (MP 60) train proceeds Southbound along Nolan Yard - Twin Bridge Hill route.  Pull past switch at MP 65, and back to the mine.
Train may optionally use crossover in red to access mine or perform run-around.  Red crossover is currently not operational.

4.3.6 Town Branch and Loscher Marbles

Track Map of Town Branch
From Nolan Yard, train proceeds along NY-TH-GB route. 

For access to Loscher Marbles, train cuts off, leaving cars at GB Station if needed, pulls through switchback shown in red.  For access to Town Branch industries, train pulls past switch at MP 5 and backs into spur shown in blue.

Note.  Trains must have authorization from the Dispatcher to occupy the main for Town Branch switching operations.  Unless specifically authroized, the MP 85 switch must be lined for the main.

5. Glover's Bend Subdivision

5.1. Subdivision Track Map

Glover's Bend Sub Track
Map

This is the overall track plan for the Glover's Bend Subdivision

Note: Russell, KY and Williamson, WV are both represented by the two staging tracks at the top of the diagram. Which track is which town alternates between operating sessions. Check with the Dispatcher to learn the track assignments for the current session.

5.2. Station and Crossing List

M.P.
Station ID
Station Name
Location
0
RK
Russell Interchange
Russell, KY
59

US Rte. 1
Nolan, WV
60
NY
Nolan Yard (North)
Nolan, WV
62

Tunnel Switch

65

Mine Branch Switch

68

Nolan South Crossover

72/88
TH
Twin Bridge Hill

83/90

GB North Crossover

84
GB
Glover's Bend Station
Glover's Bend, WV
85

Town Branch Switch

94
WI
Williamson Interchange
Williamson, WV

Note: The town of Nolan, WV has been shifted to the location of the real-life Kermit, WV.  The (fictional) town of Glover's Bend is located approximately at the real-life Delbarton, WV.
Note:  Some physical locations on the layout have two designated mileposts, because of the looping nature of the layout.  I reckon that is better than warping the time-space continuum.

5.3. Track Operations Information

This section documents each track segment and specific rules for operating on that segment.

Abbreviations in Notes:

  • GC : Grade Crossing
  • YL : Yard Limits

5.3.1 Russel I/C to Nolan Yard

Track Map Russell I/C to Nolan Yard
Train starts at Russell I/C staging (MP 0), proceeds Southbound (counter-clockwise) on blue main track to Nolan Yard (MP 60).
Optionally, train continues on red and blue main tracks for multiple loops to extend run. 
Train ends at Nolan Yard A/D Track (MP 60).

MP
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
0
Russell  I/C
YL

9/11

(mine switch)


13

(road)
GC



(siding - NY A/D)


15

(tunnel switch)


1

(siding - RU/WI staging)


3/5

(mine switch)


13
59
US Rte. 1
GC
59

60
Nolan Yard North A/D
YL
1
15


5.3.2 Nolan Yard to Twin Bridge Hill

Track Map Nolan Yard to Twin Bridge Hill
Train exits Nolan Yard (MP 60) Southbound on blue main track, takes crossover to red main track at MP 68.  Track segment ends at Twin Bridge Hill (MP 72). Generally, train continues if authorized to Glover's Bend Station (MP 84).

Dispatcher's note:  Train can be held at MP 72 or at points end of North crossover at Glover's Bend (MP 83).
MP
ID
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
60
NY
Nolan Yard Tower



61

Nolan Yard South A/D
YL
1
25
62

Tunnel Switch

1
1
(63)

(Siding - RU/WI Staging)

1
3/5
65

Mine Branch Switch

3 (2)
13
68

Crossover

3
23
72
TH
Twin Bridge hill (TH)

4



5.3.3 Twin Bridge Hill to Glover's Bend Station

Track Map Twin Bridge Hill to Glover's Bend
Train proceeds along blue main line from Twin Bridge Hill (MP 72) South (counter-clockwise) to Glover's Bend Station (MP 84).

MP
ID
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
72
TH
Twin Bridge Hill



83

Crossover

11
17
84
GB
Glover's Bend Station

1


5.3.4 Glover's Bend to Williamson I/C

Track Map Glover's Bend to Williamson I/C
Train proceeds southbound from Glover's Bend Station (MP 84) South (counter-clockwise) along blue line, crossing to outer main line at MP 90.  Train continues along red main line to Williamson I/C Staging (MP 94).
MP
ID
Station
Note
Distance
CTC #
84
GB
Glover's Bend Station



85

Town Branch Switch

1
21
90

Crossover

5
17
92

Crossover

2
23
94
WI
Williamson I/C

2
3/5


5.3.5 Mine Branch

Track Map of Mine Branch
From Nolan Yard (MP 60) train proceeds Southbound along Nolan Yard - Twin Bridge Hill route.  Pull past switch at MP 65, and back to the mine.
Train may optionally use crossover in red to access mine or perform run-around.  Red crossover is currently not operational.

5.3.6 Town Branch and Loscher Marbles

Track Map of Town Branch
From Nolan Yard, train proceeds along NY-TH-GB route. 

For access to Loscher Marbles, train cuts off, leaving cars at GB Station if needed, pulls through switchback shown in red.  For access to Town Branch industries, train pulls past switch at MP 5 and backs into spur shown in blue.

Note.  Trains must have authorization from the Dispatcher to occupy the main for Town Branch switching operations.  Unless specifically authroized, the MP 85 switch must be lined for the main.