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Responsibility For Train Movement

The person in charge of operating the train has full responsibility for its safe operation. Operators must question and/or refuse any unsafe instruction. In case of doubt or uncertainty, the safest course must be taken.

Defensive Operation

Operators are required to employ defensive operating principles consistent with training.

Preparing Train for Service

Prior to leaving the yard, operators shall check their trains for defects and note them on the defect card. Car body damage, discharged fire extinguishers and/or any defect affecting safe operation of the car shall be reported to LCC immediately.

Operator Relief

When being relieved, the operator shall ensure that the train orders and special instructions are in the operating cab. The relief operator shall contact LCC prior to reaching the next station or as soon as radio traffic is clear to do so. The relief operator shall advise LCC of their train number, direction, location, badge number, and that they have read and understood the current train orders and special instructions.

First things to tell LCC when calling.

T,D,L - Train number, Direction, and Location.

Communication between Operator and Relief Operator.

Operator being relieved shall advise the relieving operator of any conditions which may affect train operations or any condition that effects the operation of a piece of equipment.

Failure of Relief Operator to appear

Contact LCC immediately and continue service until relieved.

Relief Announcement

Operators will make an announcement to the passengers that the train will be stopping for an operator exchange.

Non-station platform reliefs

When doing an operator relief at any location other than a station platform, operators are required to use their crew key to open the door closest to the operator cab on the correct side. This door must be guarded until the operator being relieved has exited and the door has been closed.

Adherence to Schedule

Operators shall not close passenger doors in advance of the scheduled departure time. Trains shall not leave a station or terminal ahead of schedule unless directed by LCC. Trains shall not be delayed unnecessarily.

Emergency Vehicles

When an emergency vehicle is seen or heard, operators shall stop their train clear of grade crossings, if safe to do so, until emergency vehicles have passed.

Emergency Vehicles when Grade Crossing Activated

When a train has activated a crossing gate in motion and an emergency vehicle is seen or heard, the operator shall continue through the grade crossing at normal speed. Then stop if safe.

Following Distance

In street running operations, only one train is allowed between any two bar signals, unless authorized by LCC.


When authorized to "Close-Up", except in the yard, train speed shall not exceed 10 MPH when trains are less than 300 feet apart. Trains must make a complete stop with at least 10 feet separating couplers. If necessary to get closer, trains shall proceed at no more than 3 mph. Trains shall stop no closer than 2 feet between couplers or end of the car.

Observing Defects

Operators shall be alert for and notify LCC of defects on their train, passing trains, and along Right Of Way. Items along the Right of way include, but are not limited to, overhead wires, signals, tracks, switch points, exterior lights, station platforms, crossing gates and substations.

Observing Unsafe Defects

If any abnormal condition or problem makes the passage of trains unsafe, the train shall stop, notify LCC, and follow instructions.

Train Door Operation

Passenger doors on the mainline shall be closed outside of the station platform except when necessary for an operator relief, completed in accordance with operator relief rules, or authorized by LCC.

In Motion Cab Doors

Cab doors on the mainline shall be closed while the train is in motion, except when instructed by LCC, Link Rail Supervision, or training personnel.

Cab Doors at Stops

Operators shall not open passenger doors until the vehicle has come to a complete stop. Prior to leaving a station, operators shall check the CCTV monitors, close the doors, check the CCTV monitors a second time and depart when safe to do so.

Cab Doors at Terminals

After deboarding passengers at terminal platforms, the operator shall close and enable platform side doors. One minute prior to departure, the operator shall open all platform side doors on the correct side and make the departure announcement.

Access To The Cab

Only employees with a valid rail card and others as designated by LCC shall be allowed in the cab. The operator must notify LCC immediately when there is a cab passenger.

.1 - Individuals riding in the cab must not distract operator from the safe operation of the train.

.2 - responsibility of the operator to ask the cab passenger to leave if they feel it is a distraction.

Leaving the Cab while on the Mainline

While in mainline service, operators must notify LCC to leave the cab, and state the reason for doing so. Once permission is given, the operator shall key down the train, take the portable radio and keys with them and close the cab door.

Leaving the Cab at Terminals

Situations exempt from calls are leaving the cab at terminal locations, checking for passengers and lost and found items on revenue trains at the last station prior to entering the yard and at northbound Westlake Center Station, and operator reliefs as scheduled or directed by LCC.

Leaving Cab at OMF (YE) relief point, NB Westlake Station, and during walk-across

Operator shall not key down the train and will place the reverser in NEUTRAL.

Person on the Trackway

Trains approaching an unauthorized person on the right of way shall reduce speed, preparing to stop if the trackway is not cleared.

Audible Warning for Person on Trackway

The appropriate audible warning shall be sounded early enough to allow the unauthorized person to move clear of the trackway. Notify LCC if the unauthorized person does not clear the trackway.

Station Announcements

Proper signage shall be displayed and station announcements shall be made for all stations.

.1-At Airport and Westlake Station north bound, operators must announce the name of each station on the train PA system prior to reaching the station platform and define which side of the train the passengers are to exit. The announcement shall be made twice and in the same manner if the automated station announcement system fails or is inoperable.

Trains terminating at intermediate destinations

Operator will make announcements at each station informing passengers of that trains final destination.

Announcements for Out of Service Trains

Operators of Out of Service trains shall make announcements to intending passengers that the train is out of service.

Deadman Control

Must be engaged at all times while in motion. Operators shall never hold the deadman control in the operating position by any means other than by their hand.

.1-Other Safety Devices - Operator shall not disable the normal operation of any safety device without LCC authorization.

Backing Up of a Train

Backing up of trains is only allowed when uncoupling or when an employee with a valid rail card provides assistance from the rear of the train. The train shall only travel the minimum distance needed while backing up.

.1 - Outside of the yard limits, any back-up movements of trains must also be authorized by LCC.

Train Orders

Train orders will be issued daily and entries will be numbered consecutively beginning with the number 1. When a train order is canceled the number may not be used again in the same calendar day.

Train Orders will be

Brief and clear, specify exact locations, broadcast when a new order is made or amended, acknowledged and repeated by operator, supersede any ATP/designated speed in affected area, operators or relief operators are required to verify they have read and understood the day's train orders. Use phonetic Alphabet - A Alpha, B Bravo, C Charlie, D Delta.

Special Instructions

Changes to the special instructions will be issued on Monday effective at 0001 hours. If changes are required after that time, they will be carried in train orders until the following Monday. At that time, they will be included in the special instructions amendment for that date.

.1-When speed restrictions are specified by special instructions, such restrictions supersede any ATP/designated speeds in the affected area.

OCS Sectionalization Insulators

Trains must coast through all sectionalized insulators.

Basic Speed Rule

The operator of the train shall at all times operate at a safe speed which is consistent with weather, visibility, traffic and track conditions, traffic signal indications, and signal indications.

On Sight Speed

A speed that allows the train to stop within 1/2 the range of vision of another train, a stop signal, a misaligned switch, a track defect, or an obstruction.

Operating Speeds max authorized speeds:

On sight speed not to exceed ......

Auxiliary Track Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 10 mph

Crossover Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 10 mph unless in ATP territory

Platform Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 30 mph

Restricted Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 20 mph

Shop Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 3 mph

Simple Approval Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 20 mph

Sweep Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 25 mph

Walking Inspection Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 10 mph

Work Zone Speed

On sight speed not to exceed 10 mph

Yard Speed

On sight Speed not to exceed 8 mph

Protection During Train Cuts

During an assisted car cut, the revenue operator may not board the train until receiving a proceed hand signal from a cut-crew member in direct observation of the cut.

Train Cut Tests

On the previously non-active operator cab of the cut car an ATP test must be performed prior to operating and a pre-departure brake check must be performed as soon as practical.

Storage of Cars

Operator shall walk through the cars to ensure all passengers have de-boarded the car to be stored. Employees storing cars shall stop with the couplers or the end of the car no closer than two feed from the bumping post or from the car ahead.


Employees shall not move, couple or uncouple unattended cars on mainline or auxiliary track before completing an inspection of both operating cabs to ensure that no blue flags/tags/lights have been placed and that personnel are not in or about the cars.

On Sight speed not to exceed

designated speed

Opposing train movements

No two trains shall simultaneously operate towards each other without authorization. Any operator seeing another train on the same track with headlights on shall immediately stop, place the reverser in neutral, and notify LCC.

Circuit Breakers and Sealed Switches

Employees shall not trip circuit breakers or break sealed switches, unless authorized by LCC

Water Over Rails

Any operator observing water over the top of the rail shall stop, notify the LCC, and follow instructions.

Defect Cards

Each train shall have a defect card filled out for each calendar day. If an in-service train has no defect, the operator will note "No Defect" for that day on the defect card. All LRV defects and TOD (Train Operator Display) faults must be documented on the defect card