If equipment is involved in personal injury, loss of life, or damage to
employee in charge must immediately secure the names, addresses, and
occupations of all
persons involved, including all persons at the scene when the accident
occurred and those
that arrived soon after. The employee in charge must secure the names
whether these persons admit knowing anything about the accident.
The employee in charge must also obtain the license numbers of nearby
necessary, other employees can assist in obtaining this information, which
included in reports covering the incident.
Where signaling devices are provided or a flagman is on duty, the
employee in charge
and assisting employees must try to determine who, among the witnesses,
whether the signaling devices were functioning properly or if the flagman
his duties properly.
When possible, obtain the names of witnesses who can testify about bell
1.2.3 Equipment Inspection
If an accident results in personal injury or death, all tools,
machinery, and other
equipment involved, including the accident site, must be inspected
promptly by the
foreman, another person in charge of the work, or other competent
inspector must promptly forward to his manager a report of the inspection.
The report must
include the condition of the equipment and the names of those making the
If requested by the claims department, the equipment inspected must be
identification and placed in custody of the responsible manager or
1.2.4 Mechanical Inspection
When engines, cars, or other equipment are involved in an accident that
personal injury or death, the equipment must be inspected before it leaves
A mechanical department employee must further inspect the equipment at
terminal. This employee must promptly report inspection results to the
All cases of personal injury, while on duty or on company property,
must be immediately
reported to the proper manager and the prescribed form completed.
A personal injury that occurs while off duty that will in any way
performance of duties must be reported to the proper manager as soon as
injured employee must also complete the prescribed written form before
1.3.1 Rules, Regulations, and Instructions
Safety Rules. Employees must have a copy of, be familiar with, and
comply with all
safety rules issued in a separate book or in another form.
General Code of Operating Rules. Employees governed I by these
rules must have a
current copy they can refer to while on duty.
Hazardous Materials. Employees who in any way handle hazardous
have a copy of the instructions or regulations for handling these
materials . Employees
must be familiar with and comply with these instructions or regulations
Air Brakes. Employees whose duties are affected by air brake
operation must have
a copy of the rules and instructions for operating air brakes and train
Employees must know and obey these rules and instructions.
Timetable/Special Instructions. Employees whose duties are
affected by the
timetable/special instructions must have a current copy they can refer to
while on duty.
Train Dispatchers and Control Operators. The train dispatchers
operators must have a copy of rules and instructions for train dispatchers
operators. They must be familiar with and obey those rules and
Classes. Employees must be familiar with and obey all rules,
instructions and must attend required classes. They must pass the required
Explanation. Employees must ask their supervisor for an
explanation of any rule,
regulation, or instruction they are unsure of.
Issued, Canceled, or Modified. Rules may be issued, canceled, or
track bulletin, general order, or special instructions.
1.3.3 Circulars, Instructions, and Notices
Circulars, instructions, notices, and other information are issued and
canceled by the
designated manager. Before beginning each day's work or trip, trainmen,
enginemen, and any
others whose duties require, must review those that apply to the territory
they will work
1.5 Drugs and Alcohol
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while on duty or on
company property is
prohibited. Employees must not have any measurable alcohol in their breath
or in their
bodily fluids when reporting for duty, while on duty, or while on company
The use or possession of intoxicants, over-the-counter or prescription
narcotics, controlled substances, or medication that may adversely affect
is prohibited while on duty or on company property, except medication that
is permitted by
a medical practitioner and used as prescribed. Employees must not have any
substances in their bodily fluids when reporting for duty, while on duty,
or while on
1.14 Employee Jurisdiction
Employees are under the jurisdiction of the supervisors of the railroad
When operating on another railroad, unless otherwise instructed,
employees will be
Safety rules and the air brake and train handling rules of the railroad
The operating rules and timetable/special instructions of the railroad
1.17 Hours of Service Law
Employees must be familiar and comply with the requirements of the
federal hours of
service law. Employees are expected to use off-duty time so they are
prepared for work.
If an employee is called to report for duty before legal off-duty time
before accepting the call to work, the employee must notify the individual
making the call
that off-duty time has not expired.
When communication is available employees must notify the train dispatcher
authority of the time the law requires them to be off duty. Employees must
notification early enough that they may be relieved, or transportation
they exceed the hours of service.
B. Exceeding the Law
Employees must not exceed the federal hours of service law without proper
However, they must not leave trains, engines, or cars on the main track
protection. Employees must secure trains properly and, if possible, before
they exceed the
hours of service.
1.20 Alert to Train Movement
Employees must expect the movement of trains, engines, cars, or other
at any time, on any track, and in either direction.
Employees must not stand on the track in front of an approaching
engine, car, or other
Employees must be aware of the location of structures or obstructions
1.23 Altering Equipment
Without proper authority, employees must not alter, nullify, change the
design of, or
in any manner restrict or interfere with the normal function of any device
or equipment on
engines, cars, or other railroad property, except in the case of an
must report to the proper supervisor changes made in an emergency.
Employees must take every precaution to prevent loss and damage by
Employees must report promptly to the train dispatcher any fires seen
on or near the
right of way, unless the fires are being controlled. If there is danger of
spreading to a bridge or other structure, crew members must stop their
train and help
extinguish the fire.
Cause of fire, if known, must be promptly reported.
1.36 Excessive Dimension Loads
Place excessive dimension loads on or near the head end of trains.
Instructions will be issued to trains handling excessive dimension
loads. If no
instructions have been issued regarding handling the car, the conductor
notify the train dispatcher.
Crew members handling excessive dimension equipment must ensure that
the equipment will
clear nearby objects, including equipment on adjacent tracks. If the train
cannot reach a
point with enough clearance, crew members must make sure protection is
movements on adjacent tracks.
1.38 Shipments Susceptible to Damage
Shipments with painted or finished surfaces susceptible to damage, such
trucks, tractors, combines, and other similar equipment or machinery, must
not be placed
closer than the fifth car behind open top cars loaded with commodities
such as coal, sand,
gravel, lime, soda ash, etc. subject to wind, vapor, or fume action on
Exceptions include shipments susceptible to damage that are:
- Loaded in cars that fully enclose the shipments.
- Fully protected by a covering.
An open top car loaded with sand, gravel, lime, soda ash, etc. subject
to wind, vapor,
or fume action in other than a solid unit train must not be placed
immediately ahead of an
1.42 Trains Detoured
When trains are detoured over another railroad, the engineer of the
detoured train will
operate the engine unless otherwise approved by a manager of the railroad
the train is
being detoured over.
The pilot will inform the engineer of speed restrictions, signals,
sidings, etc. to
make sure the train detours over the railroad safely.
1.43 Stopped in Tunnels
A. Engine or Train Stopped in Tunnel
When an engine is stopped in a tunnel and cannot move promptly, crew
- Shut down diesel engine at once.
- Shut down Waukesha or similar type engines.
- Make a full service air brake application.
- Apply hand brakes to prevent movement in case the air brakes leak
B. Passenger Train Stopped in Tunnel or Deep Snow
Crew members of a passenger train stopped in a tunnel or deep snow
- Shut off any air circulating systems including:
- a. Air conditioning
- b. Ice machines
- c. Generators
- Shut air intake shutters.
- Turnoff blower fans.
C. Notification if Stopped in Tunnel or Deep Snow
The train dispatcher should be notified immediately so that proper
arrangements can be
made to protect persons and equipment.
D. When These Requirements Will Not Apply
These requirements will not apply if air currents carry the exhaust
gases away from the
train. Safety of passengers and crew members must be the first
1.46 Duties of Yardmasters
The yardmaster is responsible for and shall directly supervise yard
crews, clerks, and
all other employees working in the yard. The yardmaster must see that they
work in a safe,
efficient, and economical manner, according to the rules, regulations, and
the railroad. Yardmasters must ensure the prompt and regular movement of
the proper makeup of trains and their movement into and out of the yard.
At locations where yardmasters are on duty, employees in train, engine,
service must comply with the yardmaster's instructions. At locations where
is on duty, these employees will work according to the instructions of
1.47 Duties of Trainmen and Enginemen
The conductor and the engineer are responsible for the safety and
protection of their
train and observance of the rules. If any conditions are not covered by
the rules, they
must take every precaution for protection.
A. Conductor Responsibilities
- The conductor supervises the operation and administration of the
train (if trains are
combined with more than one conductor on board, the conductor with the
takes charge). All persons employed on the train must obey the
unless the instructions endanger the train's safety or violate the
rules. If any doubts
arise concerning the authority for proceeding or safety, the conductor
must consult with
the engineer who will be equally responsible for the safety and proper
handling of the
- The conductor must advise the engineer and train dispatcher of any
restriction placed on
equipment being handled.
- When the conductor is not present, other crew members must obey the
instructions of the
engineer concerning rules, safety, and protection of the train.
- Freight conductors are responsible for the freight carried by their
train. They are also
responsible for ensuring that the freight is delivered with any
accompanying documents to
its destination or terminals. Freight conductors must maintain any
B. Engineer Responsibilities
- The engineer is responsible for safely and efficiently operating the
members must obey the engineer's instructions that concern operating
the engine. A student
engineer or other qualified employee may operate the engine under
close supervision of the
engineer. Any employee that operates an engine must have a current
certificate in his
- The engineer must check with the conductor to determine if any cars
or units in the
train require special handling.
C. Conductor and Engineer Responsibilities
- Conductors and engineers must ensure that their subordinates are
familiar with their
duties, determine the extent of their experience and knowledge of the
rules, and instruct
them, when necessary, how to perform their work properly and safely.
D. Other Crew Members Responsibilities
- To ensure the train is operated safely and rules are observed, other
crew members must
assume as much responsibility as possible to prevent accidents or rule
- When the conductor or engineer fails to stop the train, or emergency
crew members must stop the train immediately.
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