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W. C. BARRETT, Chairman;

E. H. BARNHART, Vice-Chairman; F. D. ANTHONY,






R. N. Priest, J. M. Fair,


A. A. Woods,

Committee. To the American Railway Engineering Association:

Your Committee respectfully submits the following report on its activities during the year:

(1) Revision of the Manual The Committee submits its report in Appendix “A.” Its recommendation is given under the heading of Conclusions.

The Committee does not recommend any extensive revisions of the Manual this year, as it thought the members of the Association should have time to read and study the Committee's work as presented in the Manual just printed before any radical revisions were suggested.

The Committee does, however, present in Appendix "A,” proposed revisions of the Manual in respect to duties of Signal Maintainers, in order to make such rules harmonize with the rules promulgated by the Signal Section, American Railway Association, and approved by that Association.

The Committee also presents in Appendix "A" rules covering the duties of employees engaged in the construction and maintenance of telegraph and telephone lines and appurtenances, below the rank of and including General Foreman, as prepared by the General Committee of the Telegraph and Telephone Section, American Railway Association. Inasmuch as these rules have not as yet been presented to the American Railway Association for approval, and in accordance with understanding your Committee had with the Special Committee of the Telegraph and Telephone Section, we submit these rules for information only this year.

(2) Rules for Conduct of Bridge and Building, Signal, and Telegraph

and Telephone Work The Committee submits its report in Appendix "B." Its recommendation is given under the heading of Conclusions.

The Committee recommends for adoption and printing in the Manual, rules for conduct of Signal Work, and presents for information only, the remainder of Appendix "B,” covering rules for conduct of Bridge and Building Work.

The Committee is not ready to submit rules for conduct of Telegraph and Telephone Work this year.

(3) Use of Mechanical Appliances and Tools, and Organization of

Labor Involved The Committee submits its report in Appendix "C.” Appendix "C" is presented for information only.

(4) Outline of Work for the Ensuing Year 1. Study the Manual and subunit proposed revisions thereof. (Your Committee believes this subject will merit very intensive study and work next year.)

2. Complete, if possible, Rules for the Conduct of Bridges and Buildings, and Telegraph and Telephone Work, to be added to the “Manual of Rules for the Guidance of Employees of the Maintenance of Way Department."

3. Continue study of use of Mechanical Appliances and Tools, with organization of labor involved, in Maintenance of Way work, making, if possible, a final report.

4. Prepare list of names, terms and definitions, covering material, work and accounting involved in the operations of the Maintenance of Way Department. This to avoid the errors and confusion now caused by the use of so many different names, terms, etc., for the same material or the same work, by different foremen.

5. Recommend a carefully considered outline of work for the ensuing year.

CONCLUSIONS 1. The Committee recommends the adoption of that portion of Appendix “A” covering duties of Signal Maintainers, and that these rules be substituted for those now appearing in the Manual under the same heading.

2. The Committee recommends the adoption of that portion of Appendix “B” covering rules for conduct of work, Signals and Interlocking, to be added to the "Manual of Rules for the Guidance of Employees of the Maintenance of Way Department," and printed in the Manual.

Respectfully submitted,

W. C. BARRETT, Chairman.


R. H. GAINES, Chairman;

E. L. MARTIN, Vice-Chairman; H. L. BROWNE,


Sub-Committee. (Any rule preceded by a number in parenthesis is a rule of the Signal Section, American Railway Association, of that number.) 199

Signal Maintainers report to and receive instructions from

the Supervisor of Signals. 200 (31) Maintainers are responsible for the inspection, adjustment

and proper maintenance of signal and other apparatus as

signed to their care. 200A (32) Maintainers must personally instruct their subordinates with

a view to safety, efficiency and economy. 200B (33)

An assistant maintainer, in the absence of a maintainer, will consider himself in charge, unless a substitute has been provided. He must open all railroad mail addressed to the main

tainer and perform all the latter's duties. 200C (34) Maintainers must systematize their work, performing certain

duties on certain days in orderly sequence, consulting the Supervisor of Signals as to the most efficient system to be

followed. 201

They will have full charge of such forces as the Supervisor of Signals directs. They must see that these men properly perform their duties. They must keep the records and make the required reports of the time of their men, and of the re

ceipt, distribution and use of the material furnished them. 201A (35)

Maintenance forces should have correct plans of all work under their care. These must be kept in good order and

where they will be available when required. 201B (40)

Tool houses, block and interlocking stations, signal appliances, etc., must be kept clean and surroundings free from rubbish and weeds. Inflammable material must not be stored in, against or under buildings, unless provisions are made for

safe storage of same. 201C (42) All scrap and salvage material must be collected at head

quarters and shipped in accordance with instructions, 2010 (43)

All material must be stored in a place provided for that pur

pose. 2015 (44)

Material delivered on the line must be neatly arranged and
small parts properly secured from theft.
Housings, containing signal appliances, must be kept securely
When inspecting an interlocking tower, check emergency tools,
and if any are missing, see that they are immediately replaced
and report to the Supervisor of Signals.

2017 (45)

2016 (46)

201H (48)

2013 (49)



203A (50)

Electrical measuring instruments must be handled with ex-
treme care. Shipping instructions for damaged instruments
will be furnished by the Supervisor of Signals on request.
Employees must be on the alert to detect defects in mainte-
nance, design, manufacture and installation of apparatus un-
der their care. No chances should be taken with defective
material, but it must be promptly replaced with material in
perfect condition and full report made to the Supervisor of
Signals in writing.
When any part of an interlocking plant is to undergo repairs,
an understanding must be reached with the signal man on
duty, in order to insure safe movement of trains and engines
during repairs. If it is necessary to disconnect any switch,
movable point frog or derail, it must be securely spiked in
proper position before permitting trains or engines to pass
over it.
Signal Maintainers must notify the Supervisor of Signals
before taking any signal or interlocking apparatus out of
service, and authority must be obtained, except in emergency,
before such apparatus is taken out of service. Should an
emergency arise which requires removal from service of any
apparatus, signals must display their most restrictive indica-
tion; switches, movable point frogs and derails must be se-
curely spiked in correct position and Supervisor of Signals,
Division Engineer and Superintendent immediately notified
by wire.
In case of severe storm, maintainers should go to any points
on their territory where they feel that trouble is likely to
occur, keeping in touch with the telegraph office so that they
will be available in case of trouble elsewhere.
After a heavy wind storm, inspect pole line, signal blades,
and other signal apparatus subject to damage.
In case of severe electrical storm, make inspection as soon
as storm ceases, and clear any cases of trouble by replacing
or repairing damaged electrical apparatus.
In case of snow or sleet storm, interlocking plants should be
watched carefully to see that switches, pipe lines, etc., are
kept clean and in operation, that the leverman observes rule
requiring him to operate levers from time to time to keep
them from freezing, and that sufficient forces are available
to keep switches, etc., free from obstruction.
Remove snow and ice from signal blades, roundels and other
movable parts where it might prevent proper operation or
indication of apparatus.
In case of accident or serious damage to interlocking or sig-
nal apparatus in their territory, Signal Maintainers must im-
mediately proceed to the place, asking for such assistance
and material as may be required, and make repairs promptly.
Failures should be given preference over all other work in
the following order:

(a) False proceed signal indication.
(b) Highway crossing device failing to indicate ap-

proaching trains.

203B (53)

203C (54)

203D (55)


204 A (56)

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