Brothers & Sisters,
Please ensure you are complying with rule 8.20. It requires that you stop
at least 100 feet short of fixed derails. This is a level 4 violation and your
local MOP/MTO is just waiting for you to violate this rule. We were all
taught in order to be a good Engineer you don’t make the Conductor walk
any further than he has to…..well, those days are over!… stop well beyond
100 feet and explain to your conductor that you are saving both of your
jobs. In my opinion Its ridiculous that running over
the derail and pulling to close carry the same
charge, but that’s the UP WAY!
Employees in train, engine, and yard service must know the location of all fixed derails. Train or engine moving on or entering tracks where fixed derails are located, must stop at least 100 feet from derail in derailing position. Movement must not continue until the derail is placed in the non-derailing position. However, the distance restriction will not apply in engine servicing areas.
Do not make a movement over a derail in derailing position.
Siding having hand-thrown derails will have derail locked in the non-derailing position, except when engines or cars are left unattended on siding. On auxiliary tracks other than siding, except when derails are placed in non-derailing position to permit movement, make sure they are always in derailing position regardless of whether cars are on the track they are protecting. Lock all derails equipped with a lock.
Derails that are used in conjunction with worker protection must be in the derailing position with proper flag displayed only when their use is required for such protection. When their use is not required for protection: