7.6 Securing Cars or Engines
Do not depend on air brakes to hold a train, engine, or cars in place
unattended. Apply a sufficient number of hand brakes to prevent movement.
If hand brakes
are not adequate, block the wheels.
When the engine is coupled to a train or cars standing on a grade, do
not release the
hand brakes until the air brake system is fully charged.
When cars are moved from any track, apply enough hand brakes to prevent
cars from moving.
7.7 Kicking or Dropping Cars
Kicking or dropping cars is permitted only when it will not endanger
equipment, or contents of cars.
Before dropping cars, crew members must fully understand the intended
must verify that the track is sufficiently clear and that switches and
hand brakes are in
working order. If possible, the engine must run on a straight track. Cars
must not be
dropped over spring switches or dual control switches.
7.9 Switching Passenger or Occupied Outfit Cars
Before switching passenger equipment or occupied outfit cars:
- Couple the air hoses.
- Fully charge the brake system.
- Use the automatic brake valve when switching.
When coupling passenger or outfit cars:
Stop the movement approximately 50 feet before the coupling is made.
Have an employee on the ground direct the coupling.
Ensure couplers are fully compressed and stretched to ensure that
knuckles are locked
- Air connections
- Steam connections
- Electrical connections
7.10 Movement Through Gates or Doorways
Before moving engines or cars through gates, doorways, or similar
openings, stop to
ensure that the gates, doorways, or openings are completely open and
secure. When overhead
or side clearances are close, make sure movement is safe.