Operating Rules & Regulations

 

Union Pacific Railroad Company

WEST-CENTRAL DISTRICT

OREGON DIVISION

LA GRANDE SUBDIVISION


Operations Guide

No. 1

Effective Sunday,

October 28, 1953

at 12:01 A.M. Mountain Time

FOR EMPLOYEES ONLY


General Rules

1. SUPERIORITY OF TRAINS.

1-A. Right is conferred by train order, class and direction by timetable.

1-Aa. Right is more important than class or direction.

1-B. 1st class trains are superior to 2nd class trains, 2nd class trains are superior to 3rd class and so on.

1-C. Within trains of the same class, Eastbound trains are superior to Westbound trains.

1-Ca. Eastbound trains have even numbers, Westbound trains odd numbers.

1-Cb. Local trains do not have direction.

1-D. Trains have no timetable superiority within yard limits at La Grande, Reith, and The Dalles, and will run at restricted speed expecting to find the main track occupied by other trains or engines. Crews using the main track will not delay passenger trains unnecessarlily. In case of collision , responsibility rests with the approaching train or engine.

2. TRAIN CLASS ASSIGNMENTS.

2-A Train classes are defined as follows:
1st class: Inter-city through passenger trains.
2nd class: Local passenger, mail, and express trains.
3rd class: Manifest priority freight trains.
4th class: General merchandise freights.
5th class: Extra freight, local, ore and log trains.

3. MOVEMENT OF TRAINS.

3-A. Scheduled trains are not to start before their scheduled leaving time.

3-B. Trains are not to leave a station until it has been determined that all trains due have arrived or left.

3-C At meeting points between trains of the same class, the westbound train must take the siding and clear the main track, except as provided in section 3-E.

3-D. At meeting points between trains of different classes, the inferior train must take the siding, except as provided in section 3-E.

3-E. Where possible, passenger trains should take the track nearest the station. At Kamela, Eastbound passenger trains should use the center track when possible.

3-F. When operating on double track between La Grande and Kamela, trains are to use the right hand track unless granted permission by the dispatcher.

3-G. Unless some form of block signal is present, trains in the same direction must keep at least 10 fast minutes apart, except in closing up at stations.

3-H. In the absence of block signals or a dispatcher, train crews must determine that the track is clear of opposing trains to the next station.

4. OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.

4-A. Train crews are responsible for insuring that all industrial siding turnouts are returned to the normal position after use.

4-B. Except for trains that use the Portland hidden staging, all scheduled trains should be turned at their final destination.

4-C. Extra freight trains should have all cars in the arriving consist placed in the receiving yard and the engine and caboose placed at assigned storage locations.

4-D. Wherever practical, uncoupling devices (pencils, magnets, ramps) should be used to uncouple cars. The delay feature of Kadee and similar couplers is useful for difficult to reach locations.

4-E. Trains are blocked at their point of departure so that the first cars to be set out are placed at the front of the train. Pickups are usually placed at the rear of the train.

4-F. Tank cars containing fuels should be separated from the caboose and engine by a minimum of one car.

5. ENGINE LIGHTS.

5-A. Where equipped, the headlight must be displayed at the front of trains while operating. It must be extinguished when a train takes a siding or is standing to meet another train. The headlight is controlled by use of the FO/FL button.

5-B. If equipped, engines should display the reverse light when backing. Except for engines with automatic reverse lighting, the reverse light is controlled with the F1 button.

5-C. Yard engines must display lights to the front and rear while switching.

5-D. Crews must insure that the engine light is extinguished at the end of a run.

6. CLEARING TRAINS.

6-A. Train crews should clear extra trains as soon as practical at the end of a run.

7. DUTIES OF LOCAL CREWS.

7-A. Local crews at The Dalles, Reith and La Grande have the following duties.

1. To call and prepare trains for departure.

2. To break up arriving trains.

3. To operate the local switch routes. The Reith operator also switches the branch line.

4. Turn and service engines.

8. GENERAL SIGNAL RULES.

8-A. Fixed signals, as far as practical, are located to the right of and adjacent to or directly above the track they govern.

8-B. All automatic block signals will be designated by numbers indicating approximate distance in "smiles". Signals governing eastbound trains will have even numbers and signals governing westbound trains will have odd numbers. Interlocking signals will not have numbers.

8-C. Enginemen finding a signal displaying a restrictive (yellow) indication must proceed preparing to stop the next signal. Trains exceeding medium speed must reduce to that speed.

8-D. A faulty signal is treated as a stop signal.

9. INTERLOCKING SIGNALS.

9-A Signals with two (or more) heads are interlocking signals. The upper head controls the normal route, the lower head the diverging route.

 9-B. Speed indications:

Medium speed: A speed not exceeding thirty miles per hour.
Slow speed: A speed not exceed- ing fifteen miles per hour.
Restricted speed: Proceed pre- pared to stop short of a train or        obstruction.

9-C. The way a signal appears is called its "aspect". The action to be taken by the engine crew is its "indication".



Special Time Table Rules

10. SPEED RESTRICTIONS:

10-A. Speeds shown are the maximum authorized but do not modify any rule or special instruction which may require a lower speed.

90mph: Passenger trains with streamlined equipment.
80mph: Passenger trains with standard equipment.
70mph: Priority freight trains (3rd class).
55mph: General merchandise freights, way freights.
30mph: Ore, log, and work trains.

10-B. Maximum speeds allowed when traversing the curved leg of a facing point turnout, including crossovers.

No. 4 or 5 覧覧覧 15mph
No. 6 覧覧覧覧 35mph
No. 8 覧覧覧覧 55mph

10-C. Maximum speed restrictions exist at the following locations at all times for all trains.

Meacham bridge 覧覧 55mph
North Fork trestle 覧 35mph
Echo bridge 覧覧覧 45mph
Messner bridge 覧覧 55mph
Pilot Rock Branch 覧 35mph

11. WATERING LOCATIONS.

La Grande
Kamela
Reith
Messner
The Dalles

12. FUEL FACILITY LOCATIONS.

La Grande
Kamela
Reith
Messner (coal only)
The Dalles

13. PASSING SIDINGS

13-A. Passing siding lengths are given as the number of 50ft cars + an engine and caboose.

13-B. Passing sidings are located at the following cities.

Kamela 覧覧17 cars
Meacham 覧18 cars
Reith 覧覧29 cars
Echo 覧覧17 cars
Messner 覧 15 cars
The Dalles覧10 cars

13-C. The holding tracks at Portland have the following lengths.

Track 23 覧覧17 cars
Track 23A 覧-17 cars
Track 24 覧覧15 cars
Track 224A覧15 cars

13-D. Passing siding lengths on the Pilot Rock branch.

Reith覧覧7 cars
Sparks 覧覧 9 cars

14. DISTANCE FROM LA GRANDE (smiles)

CITY

SMILEPOST

LA GRANDE

0

KAMELA

20.98

MEACHAM

25.20

NORTH FORK

30.61

REITH

32.33

ECHO

46.58

MESSNER

55.95

THE DALLES

60.83

PORTLAND

64.66

LA GRANDE

70.99