List the colors of the following clearance cards: A. K.
A - White
K - Green
What is the primary use of the K card?
To proceed at one or more block-limit stations as though a clear block signal were displayed.
List the 2 parts of an A card:
1. Represents all superior opposing regular trains due (in the last 12 hours)
2. Authority for a train to pass a stop block signal at restricted speed to do station work. The conductor or engineer must obtain block authority on clearance card form K before leaving the station.
When does a K card become annulled?
When a train clears the main track and reports clear of the block or verbally following the instructions on the back of the clearance card form K.
What does "SORT'D" stand for?
Superior opposing regular trains due (in the last 12 hours)
List the four parts to a K card:
1. Proceed at one or more block limit stations as though a clear block signal where displayed.
2. Report clear at...
3. Report arrival at...
4. Annulling the clearance card form K following the instructions on the back
What is the primary use of an A card?
Represent all Superior opposing regular trains due (in the last 12 hours)
What must be done with a clearance card received by radio after being fulfilled?
Marked with an "X" and held for 7 days
Who is the Chief Transportation Officer?
Robert F. Free
Who is the General Superintendent-Transportation?
______________ is of the first importance in the discharge of duty.
_____________ to the rules is essential to safety.
The company requires the __________ , ___________ and __________ discharge of duty by all employees.
faithful, intelligent and courteous
_____________ , _______________ , and ___________ in the timetable supersede any rules with which they conflict.
Special instructions, effective general orders, and general notices
What must be done if an employee is in doubt of the meaning of a rule?
If in doubt as to their meaning they must apply to the proper Authority for an explanation
The use of _______ _________ , ________ or a __________ __________ by employees subject to duty or their possession, use or being under the influence thereof while on duty or on company property is prohibited.
Alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, or a controlled substance
Questionable cases involving the adverse effects of any medication shall be referred to whom?
the LIRR Physician-in-charge
Employees who are requested to take a ___________, _________ and/or ___________ _________ and refuse will be subject to dismissal.
Breath, blood and/or urinalysis test
When items for __________ ___________ are issued, they must be worn as prescribed.
When must employees expect the movement of trains?
They must expect the movement of trains or cars at any time, on any track, in either direction.
In addition to the engineer, who are permitted to ride in the operating cab?
1. transportation department supervisors
2. trainees under the supervision of the training department instructors
3. crew members in the discharge of their Duty
Engine permits are issued by whom?
Engine-Superintendent Service (to employees as deemed necessary)
The conductor, engineer, or other crew member of a delayed train must inform passengers of the _________ and _______ of the delay.
cause and duration
What information must employees furnish when requested by a passenger?
Provide their identification number, Train number and other necessary information
What is required of employees who change their telephone number or place of residence?
Required to give immediate verbal and written notice to the proper Authority
Employees have the right to issue a ___________ ___________ _________if a directive is in violation of CFR 218.
Good Faith Challenge
Good faith challenges may be issued in regard to what specific areas?
1. Handling equipment (pertaining to use of switches, derails, shoving or pushing moves leaving equipment in the clear)
2. Handling of switches (hand operated or in hand operation)
3. Handling of Derails
4. Shoving or Pushing equipment
5. Leaving equipment in the clear
After a good-faith challenge has been issued, a second employee may be asked to do the same task that was challenged. True or false?
Who must accidents, defects in bridges, culverts Crossing protection, third rail or unusual conditions be reported to?
To the Movement Bureau by the most expedient means of communication
Who is the Superintendent-Engine service?
When reporting for Duty employees whose duties require coordination with other employees must hold a what?
Employees connected with the movement of trains must use a ________ __________.
Time tables are in effect for how long?
Until superseded by a new timetable
What happens to a train when it's time table is superseded? Include how the train will continue to operate.
When it's time table is superseded it loses both right and schedule. Thereafter, it may only proceed as provided by rule 97.
When do schedules of the new timetable take effect?
At the leaving time and date from their initial station.
What does it mean when one time is given for a train at any station?
It is, unless otherwise indicated, the leaving time.
Where does time apply on single track where rule 251 is in effect?
Unless otherwise specified, time applies as follows: on single track, where rule 251 is in effect at the first switch where an opposing train clears. Where there is no switch, time will apply at the station.
Where does time apply on two tracks?
On two tracks where rule 251 is in effect or where rule 261 is in effect time will apply at the station
How are scheduled meeting times indicated in the timetable?
By figures in full-faced type
How are scheduled meets indicated in the timetable?
Scheduled meeting times are indicated by figures in full-faced type. The numbers of trains to be met are shown in small figures adjoining, in brackets
What does it mean when both the arriving and leaving times of a train are shown in full face type?
When one or more trains are to be met between those times
What do the following colors indicate? Red, green, Amber, blue, white, yellow
Red - stop and for other uses as prescribed by the rules.
Green - proceed and for other uses as prescribed by the rules
Amber - train marker light and for other uses as prescribed by the rules
Blue - see rule 26 and for other uses as prescribed by the rules
White - as prescribed by the rules
Yellow - as prescribed by the rules
What must be done if a train finds a fusee burning red near its track in multiple track territory?
It must stop and then proceed at restricted speed. If a fusee is found burning on or near a track, the block operator or train dispatcher must be notified of the condition as soon as practical without causing delay to the train.
What must be done if a train finds a fusee burning red on or near its track in single track territory?
It must stop, extinguish the fusee and proceed at restricted speed. If a fusee is found burning on or near a track, the block operator or train dispatcher must be notified of the condition as soon as practical without causing delay to the train.
Because of fire hazard, where must lighted fuses not be left?
On Bridges or trestles
Give the procedure of the following indications for the hand, flag and lamp signals. Stop, reduce speed, apply brakes
Stop - swing the lamp horizontally across the track
Reduce Speed - hold the lamp horizontally at arm's length
Apply brakes - swing the lamp horizontally above the head at right angles to the track, when standing.
Proceed - raise and lower the lamp vertically.
Back - swing the lamp vertically in a circle at half arm's length and at right angles to the track
Release brakes - hold the lamp at arm's length above the head, when standing
What does a continuous blast of the engine whistle or horn indicate?
Is an emergency signal for All crew members to apply air and hand brakes on the train
If the communicating signal Appliance becomes inoperative, how may the train proceed?
May proceed after a proper understanding has been reached between the conductor and the engineer as to how the train will be operated
What constitutes an operative communicating signal Appliance between the cars of a passenger train and the engine?
Buzzer, radio or PA
When must a trains headlight be extinguished?
When a train turns out to meet another train and is stopped clear of the main track
When must a train dim the headlights?
The headlight must be dimmed as follows:
(a) While standing or passing through yards where other engines are working.
(b) When approaching stations at which stops are to be made or at which other trains are receiving or discharging passengers.
(c) When approaching a station where form L's are to be received or when on a main track at a meeting point.
(d) When approaching fix signals, if the view of the fix signal is there by improved.
(e) On two or more tracks, When approaching a train in the opposite direction.
NOTE: The headlight must not be dimmed when approaching or passing over public Crossings at grade.
What must be done if the trains headlights fail enroute?
If the headlight(s) fail enroute the engineer must ensure that:
(a) The Movement Bureau is notified as soon as practical.
(b) A white light is substituted in place of the headlight.
(c) The engine whistle or horn is sounded frequently.
(d) If equipped, the engine Bell is rung continuously.
(e) Where necessary the speed of the train is reduced.
NOTE: The aforementioned procedures will not apply if the auxiliary lights are operable.
At what speed can a train operate if both axillary lights fail after departure from an initial terminal?
(assuming you still have headlights)
(... train must not exceed 20 mph when operating over public crossings at grade)
1. When standing - MU Train- emergency application of the brakes has been observed on the rear of the train, recharge brake pipe and release air brake.
2. When standing - DE/DM/Push Pull Trains- place the automatic brake valve in the hold position.
1. When standing - start
2. When running - stop at once
1. When standing - back
2. When running - Stop at the next passenger station.
1. When standing - apply or release brakes
2. When running - reduce speed
When running - increase speed
1. When standing - while testing air brakes on train: brakes have applied and released on the rear car and are operative.
2. When standing - doors open: check doors
(2 shorts, 2 shorts)
To call the conductor or a crew member to the operating compartment of the train.
- oo -
(1 long, 2 shorts, 1 long)
When operating in door bypass; doors clear of all encumbrances, proceed
o - o
(1 short, 1 long, 1 short)
A fire or smoke condition exists. The engineer must operate in accordance with special instructions.
If job briefings cannot be given face-to-face, how will they be conducted?
Radio or telephone communication will be adequate
Where will yard engines display the headlights?
To the front and rear at all times
What will be displayed on the rear of every train as a marker?
The following signals will be displayed on the rear of every train at all times as a marker:
1. A fixed electric marker to show red on each side of the rear of the train
2. An electric flasher illuminated to show amber to the rear of the train.
A train on which the markers become inoperative will display on the rear of a train a red flag by day or red light by night. A red light will be displayed to the rear of all trains while passing through tunnels.
If you can positively determine the aspect of an improperly displayed signal how may this signal be regarded?
The indication of that aspect will govern
_________ of the prescribed color must be used by _________ and ________ of the prescribed color must be used by __________.
Flags by day
Lights by night
Where will yard engines display the headlights?
To the front and rear at all times
What should be done when the prescribed markers become inoperative?
"A train on which the markers become inoperative will display on the rear of a train a red flag by day and a red light by night. A red light will be displayed to the rear of all trains while passing through tunnels."
What signals will be displayed on the rear of every train at all times as a marker?
"1. A fixed electric marker illuminated to show red on each side of the rear of the train.
2. An electric flasher illuminated to show amber to the rear of the train."
What is the maximum authorized speed within all maintenance equipment service areas?
"Will not exceed 5 mph"
In yards, where will a blue flag that clamps to the rail be placed?
At or near the clearance marker to the entrance switch to the track for which blue signal protection is being provided
What must be done if a fixed signal is absent or missing from a place where it is usually shown?
"The signal must be regarded as displaying the most restrictive aspect that can be given by that signal."
"... the condition must be reported to the train dispatcher or block operator as soon as practical, without causing delay to the train."
When a signal is imperfectly displayed, but you can positively determine the aspect how will you take this signal?
"The indication of that aspect will govern"
What are the exceptions when an imperfectly displayed signal will not be regarded as displaying its most restrictive aspect? (1 & 2)
"1. If there are insufficient lights to conform with an aspect, but the aspect can be positively determined, the indication of that aspect will govern.
2. If there are insufficient lights to conform with an aspect, but it can be positively determined that the aspect is more favorable than stop-and-proceed, trains may proceed as though a Restricting signal were displayed.
What are the exceptions when an imperfectly displayed signal will not be regarded as displaying its most restrictive aspect? (3)
"3. If there are insufficient lights to conform with an aspect on a reduced aspect signal, but it can be positively determined that the aspect is more favorable than Stop, trains may proceed as though a Restricting Proceed signal were displayed."
When signals are imperfectly displayed, the provisions of rule 27 also apply to low home signals. True or false
How can a train pass a fix signal indicating stop?
"Except as provided by special instruction, a train must not pass a fixed signal indicating Stop unless authorized by rule 241, Clearance Card Form A or Form L authority."
What must be done when a train is stopped by a home or interlocking signal?
"The conductor or engineer must immediately ascertain the cause"
How will a train operate after having passed a distant signal (with a "D") and stops for any reason, including a stop at a passenger station or reduces its speed to less than 10 miles per hour?
"1. Approach the next home signal prepared to stop,
2. Not exceed a speed of 30 MPH unless the speed of the train is further restricted.
The train must maintain the prescribed speed reduction until the engineer has observed the home signal displaying an aspect more favorable than stop-and-proceed. Thereafter, the movement of the train will continue to be governed by the indication of the aspect displayed on the distant signal."
When a signal, except they fix signal, is given to stop a train, how must it be acknowledged?
" oo Answer to any signal not provided for. "
(2 shorts on the whistle or horn)
When must the engine bell be rung?
"1. When the engine is about to move, except during a continuous switching movement.
2. When approaching and passing public crossings at grade.
3. When approaching locations where roadway workers are at work on or near track, bridges or other structures.
4. When passing trains on an adjacent track.
5. When necessary to prevent accidents.
The unnecessary use of the engine bell is prohibited."
When must the engine whistle or horn be sounded?
"The engine whistle or horn must be sounded at all places required by rule, special instruction, or law. It must be sounded at all whistle posts, standard or portable, unless otherwise provided, and when necessary to prevent accidents."
When the engineer observes a distant signal equipped with a yellow disc on which the letter "D" is shown in black, what must be done by the engineer?
"The engineer must verbally communicate the name of the aspect to the conductor or another qualified crew member designated by the conductor, as soon as the signal is clearly visible.
In multiple track territory, the engineer must include the track number."
What signals will be used by employees performing flagging duties?
Day signals - a red flag and fusees
Night signals - a white light and fusees
(minimum of 5 fusees)
What equipment will utility assistant conductors use when assigned to handle yard switches?
A yellow flag by day
A yellow light by night
to give signals
All train engine service employees must be equipped with a ________ __________ for use in passing signals and for other purposes.
Where will permanent speed restriction signs be located?
They will be located at the proper braking distance from the points of restriction to permit the required reduction in speed to be made.
When may the the speed of a train be increased after passing through a temporary speed restriction area?
When the rear of the train has passed the resume speed sign or the restricted area.
What is the order in which temporary speed signs would be seen along the right of way?
Temporary Advance speed limit sign
Temporary Speed limit sign
Temporary Resume speed sign
How are temporary speed signs placed in service?
(GN, BN, SRN, FL)
General notice, bulletin notice, speed restriction notice or Form L
What will be used in lieu of temporary Advance speed limit signs and temporary resume speed signs when they are not immediately available?
Yellow flags and lights and green flags and lights
Explain the superiority of trains.
"On single track where rule 251 is in effect: a train is superior to another train by right or direction. Right is conferred by Form L and is superior to direction. Eastward regular trains are superior by direction to westward regular trains unless otherwise specified.
Extra trains are inferior to regular trains."
What does it indicate when both you arriving and leaving times of a train are in full face type?
"Both the arriving and leaving times of a train are in full-faced type when one or more trains are to be met between those times."
The use of ____________ devices not related to their duties, unless authorized by the company is prohibited.
If operating ____ MPH or less, a train or locomotive must sound the engine whistle at least ____ but not more than _____ seconds before occupying the crossing. This may require sounding the whistle beyond the whistle post.
60 MPH or less
At least 15 seconds but not more than 20 seconds before occupying....
Give the indication for "ooo" on the Engine Whistle or Horn.
"1. When standing; back. Answer to 12d and 16c
2. When running; answer to 16c."
Give the Hand, Flag and Lamp signal for RELEASE BRAKES:
Procedure: "Hold the lamp at arm's length above the head, when standing."
If there is any doubt concerning the meaning of a hand signal, what must be done?
"The movement must be stopped"
How many schedules of the same number and day shall be in effect?
" not more than one schedule of the same number and day shall be in effect."
What is the most restrictive aspects of the following signals?
Distant switch indicator