10.3 Track and Time
The control operator may authorize a train to occupy a track or
tracks within specified
limits for a certain time period. Authority must include track
designation, track limits,
and time limit. The train may use the track in either direction within
limits, until the limits are verbally released, without providing flag
train must move at restricted speed.
Limits designated by a switch extend only to the
movement over the switch unless otherwise designated. Track and time does not authorize trains to occupy the
main track within
A. Passing Signal Displaying Stop or Stop and Proceed
Except at interlockings, trains granted track and time:
- After stopping, may pass a signal displaying Stop indication
without further authority:
- a. To enter the limits.
- b. Within the limits.
- Must observe the requirements for inspection of spring switches.
- May pass a signal within the limits displaying Stop and Proceed
B. Additional Time
Trains must release track and time before the time granted expires.
If the train
requires additional time, a crew member must obtain authority from the
before time expires. If the crew member cannot contact the control
operator and time
limits expire, authority is extended until the control operator is
C. Track and Time Release Within the Limits
If no other employee has received track and time within the same
limits, a train may
release track and time to move in a specified direction. Signal
indications will then
govern the train, if the control operator verbally authorizes the
direction of movement.
10.3.2 Protection of Machines, Track Cars, or Employees
Machines, track cars, or employees will receive track and time in the
same manner as
Machines, track cars, or employees must be clear of the limits before
granted track and time releases the authority. If track and time is
granted to protect
maintenance work, the employee must notify the control operator when the
work is complete
and the track is safe for train passage.
10.3.3 Joint Track and Time
Before track and time is granted for machines, track cars, or employees
in the same
limits with a train, each foreman and a crew member of each train must be
notified of each
When track and time is granted to protect maintenance or
repair work, trains
must not receive track and time within the same limits, unless the trains
and foreman in
charge of the work understand the conditions and movements that will be
10.3.4 Record Track and Time
The employee requesting track and time will state name, occupation,
location, and train
or other identification. The employee will then repeat the authority
granted. If the
authority is repeated correctly, the control operator will acknowledge.
The train can make
no movement until the engineer understands the track and time granted.
The control operator must maintain a record of authority . granted
including the time
the track and time was released.