3. Train Movements
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
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
Trains will exercise caution when passing passenger stations.
3.4 Whistle / Horn and Bell Instructions
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
Applying air brakes (e.g. standing brake test)
move. Releasing air brakes.
|o o o
|- - o -
crossing. Last "long" is extended until lead engine is in the crossing.
Approaching Passenger Station
|o o o o ...
Warning to people and/or animals on or near track.
Other Rule 14 signals not listed here may be used at the Engineer's
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
- When approaching or departing a Passenger Station
- Any time nearby people should be alerted to a train in motion
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
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:
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
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
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:
|30mph, prepared to slow to
Approach at next signal
|20mph, prepared to stop at next
|10mph, prepared to stop at any
|Stop, then proceed at Restricted.
|Stop. Do not proceed without
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
- 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
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.