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March 2017

"Test hand brakes before using them." (Rule Number 11, p. 4)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918. 

February 2017

"Accidents, detention of trains, failure in the supply of water or fuel, or defects in the track, bridges or signals, must be promptly reported by wire to the proper official." (General Rule F, p. 10)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918

January 2017

"Employees must keep the premises in their charge in a neat and orderly condition. (General Rule J1, p. 10)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918


December 2016

"Stand or walk on the tracks only when necessary in the performance of duty. Face the current of traffic where possible, but look out for trains in both directions, as trains frequently move against the current of traffic." (Rule #6, p. 4)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918

November 2016

"The following is prohibited: Leaning of out cab of engine or from the side of car without exercising care to avoid obstructions." Rule #31, p. 6).

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918

October 2016

When using a push pole [no longer done, Ed.], stand so that it moves away from instead of toward you, and as far from the pole as possible. (Rule #12, p. 4)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918

September 2016

Employees on duty must wear the prescribed badge and uniform and be neat in appearance. (General Rule J, p. 10)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918

August 2016

The following practice is prohibited:  Unnecessarily going in front of or between cars or engines while they are in motion. (Rule #20, p. 5)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918. 

July 2016

“When on duty, keep your mind on your work and do not permit other subjects to distract your attention.” (Rule #1, p. 3)

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918. 

June 2016

"Employees must avoid making unnecessary noise around sleeping cars occupied by passengers who have retired and should also caution others against making unnecessary noise. (General rule X, p. 16).” 

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918. 


May 2016

Many FRA regulations exist whose purpose is to prevent accidents like the one that occurred in Chester, Pennsylvania, recently. For example: 

“The train dispatcher or control operator shall not permit the movement of trains or other on-track equipment onto the working limits of foul time until the roadway worker who obtained the foul time has reported clear of the track.” 

Foul Time, FRA Reg. 214.323 (c)


April 2016

Official or private cars must be placed on the rear of the train, unless otherwise ordered. (Rule #1206, p. 134).

Taken from “New York Central Railroad Safety Instructions”, effective January 1, 1918.

March 2016

Rule 242: The rails should be sanded intermittently during stops to insure that drivers will not slide.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service  -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

February 2016

Supplemental Instruction 13 (a): Troop trains containing freight car equipment will carry 90-pound brake pipe pressure and 130-pound main reservoir pressure. Troop trains containing all passenger equipment will carry 110-pound brake pipe pressure and 130-pound main reservoir pressure. [NOTE: This was an instruction, pasted into the book after issue, and marked, "Effective at once."]

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - General Instructions to Enginemen  -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

January 2016

Rule 140: The emergency application of the brakes should not be used except in emergency cases, and when used the brake should not be released until 20 seconds after the train stops. Engine brake must not be partially or wholly released unless drivers slide.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Passenger Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

December 2015

Rule 116: At terminals, passenger trains will be started by communicating signal, given by brakeman from rear car in train, after he has received the starting signal from the conductor.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Passenger Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

November 2015

Rule 113: When two or more locomotives are coupled moving light over the road, the air brake will be operated from the leading locomotive in the direction they are moving.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Passenger Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

October 2015

Rule 279: The caboose air gauge is to insure greater safety and better air brake operation. These ends can be attained alone where those whose duty it is to observe the gauge do so with sufficient frequency and with an understanding of what it can actually indicate.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

September 2015


Rule 271: Do not apply brakes from the rears (conductor's valve, back-up hose or angle cock) except to prevent damage, injury, or loss of life - actual emergencies..

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

August 2015

Rule 210:  The word "Car" means all cars or dead engines in train. The tender of an engine is counted as a car. A dead engine and its tender are counted as two cars.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

July 2015

Rule 237: It will not be necessary to detach engine to take on water or fuel unless in the judgement of the engineman it is necessary. 

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

June 2015

Rule 237: When excessive water, or no water at all, is found in main reservoirs, the condition should be reported for correction. When no water is found in main reservoirs it indicates that excessive moisture is passing back into the train. 

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - General Instructions to Enginemen -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

May 2015

Rule 1: Enginemen, when taking charge of locomotive or motors, will see that the air brakes and signal apparatus are in proper working order. Where preparatory time has been abolished, enginemen will test the brake by making an application and release with each brake valve while enroute to yard or station. 

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - General Instructions to Enginemen -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

April 2015

Rule 244: Trains of less than 60 cars must not depart until at least three minutes after brake valve is first placed in release position; from 60 to 100 cars, four minutes; and over 100 cars, five minutes. 

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

March 2015

Rule 282: Air hoses will be uncoupled by handle, instead of allowing them to pull apart, causing damage to hose, gaskets, couplings, and piping. 

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

February 2015

Rule 100.  Mixed trains having 50 per cent, or more empty cars will be considered empty trains; trains having less than 60 per cent empty cars will be considered loaded trains.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - General Instructions to Enginemen  -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

January 2015

Rule 100.  Note that the word TERMINAL refers to the originating point from which trains are started. DIVISION POINTS or DIVISION TERMINALS refer to points where engine or engine crews are changed or a change is made in make-up of train.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Passenger Service  -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

December 2014

Rule 216.  When engine is detached from train, or cars set off, trainmen will apply sufficient hand brakes to secure same at all times. Air brakes must not be depended upon to hold detached trains on grades. Automatic brakes must not be left applied indefinitely to hold a train standing on a grade. Hand brakes must be set and air brakes released, unless independent on engine and tender will safely hold same. Air brakes with retaining valves in use must not be depended upon to hold such trains.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - Freight Service  -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

November 2014

Rule 2. Circus and carnival trains will carry 90 pounds brake pipe pressure and 130 pounds main reservoir pressure.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - General Instructions to Enginemen -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

October 2014

Rule 3. Every practicable effort should be made to reduce delays and keep the trains on time, but even this should be subordinated always to the safety of the train and the comfort of the passengers.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - For the Guidance of Engineers Handling Passenger Trains -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

September 2014

Rule 2. The train should be handled at all times, and particularly when starting and stopping, so as to promote the comfort of the passengers.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - For the Guidance of Engineers Handling Passenger Trains -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

August 2014

Rule 1. The safety of the train and passengers should have first consideration at all times and in all places. Everything should be subordinate hitherto.

Instructions Governing the operation of air brakes, train air signal equipment, and electric lighting of locomotives and passenger cars - For the Guidance of Engineers Handling Passenger Trains -The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Alton Railroad Co., effective April 1, 1941 - assigned to P. O. Butts, Fireman.

July 2014

All persons are forbidden to walk upon tracks except in the performance of duty.

Rule 121, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

June 2014

Employees must not throw articles of any kind from trains while in motion.

Rule 125, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

May 2014

 

Employees are forbidden to stand in front of and board an approaching engine or car in motion.

Rule 120, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

April 2014

 

Passenger trainmen arriving must not permit hand baggage or other effects to obstruct the aisles of passenger cars.

Rule 104, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

March 2014

 

To avoid personal injury or loss of life to passengers the practice of unauthorized employees opening side and trap doors on vestibule equipment is prohibited.

Rule 126, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

February 2014

Before beginning a movement to, from, or with, a turntable, employees participating must know:

1. That the turntables rails are properly aligned with shore rails.

2. That proper signal to proceed has been given by turntable operator.

3. That
the load on the turntable in motion will not meet with any obstruction.”

Rule 139, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

January 2014

The use of tobacco by employees while on duty in or about passenger stations, or on passenger cars, or smoking in or about shops is prohibited.

General Rule H, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

November/December 2013

 

The use of intoxicants by employees while on duty is prohibited. Their use, or the frequenting of places where they are sold, is sufficient to cause dismissal.


General Rule G, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

October 2013

 

When getting off equipment, employees should face the equipment, grasp grab irons firmly, and have secure footing.

 

Rule 174, Safety Rules, The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company The Baltimore & Ohio Railway Company, effective  October 1, 1968

 
September 2013
 
“Trainmen and other employees when not engaged in giving signals must avoid any movement of arms or lamps which might be accepted in error as a signal.”
 
Rule 39, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.
 
August 2013
 
Employees who persist in performing unsafe acts will not be retained in service.”
 
General Rule P, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.

July 2013

“Trainmen will, while loading passengers frequently announce the routes and names of the principal stations at which the train will stop, and before departure make the announcement in all coaches. Pullman  employees will make similar  announcements in the body and smoking rooms of Pullman cars, except in sleeping cars at night. Trainmen and Pullman employees will direct passengers to pass promptly to the inside of cars and not allow them to stand on car platforms.
Passengers must not be unduly hurried or the announcement "All Aboard" made so far ahead of time train is to start as to excite passengers into undue haste and risk of falling and personal injury.”

Rule 102, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.
June 2013
 
"A blue flag by day and a blue light by night conspicuously displayed at one or both ends of an engine, car, or train, indicates that workmen are under or about it; when thus protected it must not be coupled to or moved. Workmen will display the blue signals and the same workmen are alone authorized to remove them. Other cars must not be placed on the same tracks so as to intercept the view of the blue signals, without first notifying the workmen."
 Rule 38, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925.
May 2013
 
"In order that passengers occupying  sleeping cars in Union Station at night  may not be disturbed employees must do their work as quietly as possible,  avoiding unnecessary noise in the station. Enginemen and firemen must  prevent engines from blowing off at  the safety valves while in the train shed."

Rule 134, Book of Rules, The Washington Terminal Company, effective 12:01 am, October 1, 1925


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