15.1 Track Bulletins
Track bulletins must not be changed unless specified by Rules 15.1.1
of Track Warrants or Track Bulletins) and 15.13 (Voiding Track Bulletins).
dispatcher will issue track bulletins as required. Track bulletins will
information on all conditions that affect safe train or engine movement.
Forms other than
track bulletin Forms A and B may be used when necessary.
Receipt and Comparison of Track Bulletins
The conductor and engineer must receive a track warrant at their
initial station unless
otherwise instructed by the train dispatcher. All track bulletins that
train's movement must be listed on the track warrant, unless the track
"NONE" or "NO." The conductor and engineer must have
copies of all
track bulletins listed, and each crew member must read and understand
At the initial station, when outbound crew members receive track
warrants and track
bulletins from inbound crew members, the conductor and engineer must
compare the track
warrants and track bulletins with each other and with the train dispatcher
15.1.1 Changing Address of Track Warrants or Track Bulletins
If the address must be changed on a track warrant used to deliver track
or a track bulletin that does not grant authority according to Rule 15.3
Movement Against the Current of Traffic), the train dispatcher may change
number, direction, or date verbally.
15.2 Protection by Track Bulletin Form B
Display yellow-red flags as specified in Rule 5.4.3 (Display of
While trains are within the limits during the time stated in track
bulletin Form B,
- Move at restricted speed.
- Stop short of a red flag.
However, trains do not need to comply with the above requirements if
otherwise as stated below, or if the entire train has passed a green flag
or cleared the
Before entering track bulletin limits, a crew member must attempt to
employee in charge by radio to avoid delay and report the train's location
and the track
A. Verbal Permission
When granting verbal permission, use the following words:
"Foreman (name) (of Gang NO. ) using track bulletin
NO._______ line NO.________ between MP _________ and MP_________ on
- To permit a train to pass a red flag without stopping, add the
- "(Train) may pass red flag, located at MP_____________-
without stopping." The
train may pass the red flag at restricted speed without stopping.
- To permit a train to proceed at other than restricted speed, add the
- "(Train) may proceed through the limits at MPH (or at
speed)." The train may move through the limits at the speed
- To require the train to move at restricted speed, but less than 20
MPH, add the
- "(Train) must proceed at restricted speed but not exceeding
- MPH." (Specify
distance if necessary.) The train must proceed at restricted speed
and not exceed the
B. Repeat Instructions
A crew member must repeat the above instructions, and the employee
instructions must acknowledge them before they can be followed.
C. Stop Column
When "STOP" is written in the Stop column, a red flag must be
the beginning of the limits. The train must not enter the limits until
authorized by the
employee in charge.
15.2.1 Protection for On-Track Equipment
Track bulletin Form B may be used to protect on-track equipment, such
as rail detector
cars, without using flags. Identify protected equipment in the track
While trains, engines, and protected equipment are in track bulletin
limits, they will
otherwise be governed by Rule 15.2 (Protection by Track Bulletin Form B).
The same track
bulletin must not protect other gangs and equipment.
15.3 Authorizing Movement Against the Current of Traffic
Where Rule 9.14 (Movement with the Current of Traffic) is in effect, a
may authorize movement against the current of traffic as follows:
- " ( Train ) will use track against the current of traffic
(point) to (point)."
The train must use only the track specified between these points.
Opposing trains must
not leave the last point until the train arrives. The train dispatcher
must not authorize
a following train to move against the current of traffic until the
previous train has
cleared the last point. Flag protection is not required against a
train following on the
The example may be modified as follows:
a. "After (opposing train) arrives at (point) (train) will use
against the current of traffic (point) to (point)."
The train that will move against the current of traffic must not
leave the first point
until the opposing train arrives.
Trains directly affected in both directions must receive this track
bulletin and must
- Clear the main track.
- Allow a following train to pass.
- Pass a preceding train, unless authorized by the train
- "(Time) until (time) (date) all trains use track between
(point) and (point). All
trains must stop before fouling - track between these points unless
directed to proceed by
employee in charge of switches or by train dispatcher."
This bulletin may also contain information on public crossing
spiked, intermediate flagman, and so forth.
Following Movement. A train may not follow another train against
the current of
traffic until the previous train has cleared the limits, passed a
designated location, or
passed a flagman located at the next intermediate point. Flag protection
is not required
against following trains.
Flagman Provided. When flagmen are provided, the example will be
a. "Intermediate flagman located at (point). Trains moving against
the current of
traffic must stop short of flagman unless directed to proceed."
Extending Time. Time may be extended by issuing another track
b. "Track bulletin NO. _______ is extended until (time)."
This bulletin will be used when one or more tracks will be removed from
all trains in both directions must use the remaining track as directed by
dispatcher or an employee in charge of switches at each end of the
The train dispatcher will authorize movements between the designated
points and issue
the track bulletin and necessary instructions to the employee in charge of
employee may verbally direct movement or use hand signals. Also, the train
use a controlled signal indication to authorize movement.
All affected trains must receive a copy of the track bulletin.
15.4 Protection when Tracks Removed from Service
Before a track is removed from service it must be protected.
A track bulletin may protect tracks removed from service by designating
the track and
naming the points at each end of the track. Trains must not use this
track, unless the
track bulletin states the name or title of an employee who may authorize
use, and this
person directs all movement.
When required, the train dispatcher must advise crews of alternate
routes and switch
15.9 Additional Copies of Track Bulletins
If additional copies of track bulletins are needed, except when
duplicated according to
Rule 15.8 (Duplicating Track Bulletins), employees must repeat the
additional copies to
the train dispatcher and verify that they are correct before delivering
The train dispatcher will record the date, time, place, and name of the
recopied and repeated the track bulletin.
15.12 Relief of Engineer or Conductor During Trip
When a conductor, engineer, or both are relieved before a trip is
finished, they must
deliver all track warrants, track bulletins, and instructions to the
If they cannot personally deliver the track warrants or track bulletins
relieving crew, the conductor will leave them at a location designated by
Comparison of Information
The relieving conductor and engineer must compare track warrants, track
instructions, and pertinent information with each other and with the train
15.13 Voiding Track Bulletins
To void a numbered line on a track bulletin, a part of a track
bulletin, or an entire
track bulletin, the train dispatcher may do one of the following:
A. Voiding Track Bulletins Verbally
Void the track bulletin by verbally using one of the following
- "Line (number) of track bulletin NO. ______ reading (quote the
line to be voided)
is void." An employee must repeat this information to the train
dispatcher. If the
information is correct, the employee must write "VOID" in
the margin to the left
of the line made void.
- "That part of track bulletin NO. ______ reading (quote the part
to be voided) is
void." An employee must repeat this information to the train
dispatcher. If the
information is correct, the employee must draw a line through the
portion made void.
- "Track bulletin NO. ______ is void." An employee must
repeat this information
to the train dispatcher. If the information is correct, the employee
"VOID" across each copy of the track bulletin being voided.
B. Issue Track Bulletin or a Track Warrant to Void a Track Bulletin
Issue a track bulletin or use the line designated "OTHER SPECIFIC
INSTRUCTIONS" on a track warrant using one of the following examples:
- "Line (number) of track bulletin NO. ________ is void."
The employee will keep
a copy of the track warrant or track bulletin that made it void and
"VOID" in the margin to the left of the line made void.
- "That part of track bulletin NO. _______ reading (quote the
part to be voided) is