CINDER SNIFFERS INCORPORATED
The rules herein set forth govern the railroad operated by
Cinder Sniffers Incorporated (CSI) on the property located on Indiana Highway
1 just south of
These rules dated
SAFETY is of the first importance in operations. Obedience to the rules is essential to the safety of the participants, whether they be passengers, trainmen, enginemen, or bystanders and to the safety and protection of the property. To remain an active member is an assurance of the willingness to obey the rules
a. Trains: to trains or engines
b. Trainmen: to flagmen, switch tenders, conductor/flagman
c. Engineer: to person driving the train
d. Engine(s): a unit propelled by any form of energy, or a combination of such units
e. Train: an engine or more than one engine coupled, with or without cars
The following train operating rules apply to any train operating on club tracks.
1. No train shall operate in excess of five (5) actual miles per hour. (5 MPH is equivalent to approximately 12 seconds between mile posts that are located 88 feet apart).
2. One train shall not follow another closer than 100 feet at the maximum safe operating speed of 5 MPH. Slower speeds permit proportionate closer following.
3. No train shall stop on the mainline for any purpose other than an emergency situation. Every effort should be made to keep the mainline clear for continuous operation.
4. All fuel, water, servicing and repairs shall be taken care of on sidings and side tracks provided for such purposes.
5. All passengers must entrain and detrain at the designated station.
6. All trains stopped on the mainline shall be protected to the rear by a trainman acting as flagman. If no trainman is present, the engineman is to flag the rear of the train.
7. In flagging the rear of a stopped train, the flagman must be positioned such that he/she is visible to the engineman of a following train at least fifty (50) feet to the rear of the stopped train.
All siding switches must be set for the mainline
after a train moves through. All
mainline switches are to be left as is after passing through them. NOTE THAT ALL OUR TRACK IS MAINLINE EXCEPT
FOR THE SIDING AT THE CAR BARN AND THE
9. This rule may be modified when a switch is operated under the supervision of a switch tender at which time special instructions will apply.
10. Only the engineer will operate switches unless otherwise explicitly arranged.
11. Trains arriving first shall have the right-of-way at switches.
12. Engineers must be attentive to and obey fixed color signals. Signals indicate the setting of a switch being approached. A sheet is attached explaining all signals.
13. Young children riding on trains as passengers will require the supervision of an adult, or a conductor.
14. The engineer will be responsible for the safe conduct of all passengers.
15. All trains operating on club tracks must demonstrate the ability to stop within 50 feet on level track, from a maximum speed of 5 MPH while carrying a full load. Dragging feet is not an acceptable method of stopping.
16. A full load is defined as a load of 100 lbs. per foot of car length. (e.g. 500 lbs. on a 5 foot car, 600 lbs. on a 6 foot car, etc.) for 1 ½ scale or larger trains. Proportionally smaller loads will be required on smaller scale equipment.
17. Appropriate hand and lantern signals shall be used by trainmen to control train movements where applicable. These signals are as follows:
Move forward Up and down motion
Back Up Circular motion.
Stop Horizontal motion.
18. All trains must have a functioning audible warning device. Appropriate whistle signals will be used by enginemen to indicate train movements as follows:
Stopped (1 short blast)
Start forward movement (2 short blasts)
Start reverse movement (3 short blasts)
Danger, or Need Help (Continuous)
Grade Crossing ― ― ― (2 long, 1 short, 1 long)
19. All solid fueled engines shall be equipped with effective ash pans to prevent continuous dropping of hot coals on right-of-way.
20. All oil fired engines shall be equipped with effective catch pans to prevent oil dripping or spilling on the right-of-way.
21. All solid fueled engines shall be equipped with effective spark arresters which will minimize the emission of hot sparks during dry weather. A fire hazard sign will be posted when spark arrestors are mandatory.
22. All trains operating at night shall display a headlight to the front and red light(s) to the rear.
23. Each coupling between the unit upon which the engineer rides and the powered unit shall be backed up by a welded steel safety chain. For 1 ½ scale trains, use 3/16 (5mm) chain and for 1 or Ύ scale trains, use 1/8 (4 mm) chain. A safety cable of equivalent strength may be substituted in all applications which call for safety chain.
24. Safety chains are optional where link and pin couplers are used. They are a must where knuckle couplers are used.
25. Welded steel safety chains or equivalent safety cable shall be used to hold the loaded train cars together should the normal coupling fail. Attachments used to fasten either chains or cable to the equipment will also be appropriately sized.
26. Drawbars must be at least 3/16 steel and attached with Ό or larger pins.
27. Trains will not be permitted to operate with safety chains as normal couplings.
28. Former IBLS wheel standards shall apply.
29. Trains with 3 or more cars must have a conductor while hauling passengers.
30. The use of radios is recommended for communication between the conductor and the engineer on passenger trains.
31. ANY EQUIPMENT DETERMINED TO BE UNFIT OR UNSAFE FOR OPERATION
BY THE SAFETY COMMITTEE SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM OPERATION.