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Special Instructions - Page 8

When the 45 degree sign has two sets of figures, the numerals preceded with letter "P" apply to passenger trains, except Streamliners, and letter "F" to freight trains.

(c)...When passenger trains are handled by steam freight engines, or when freight cars, except cars equipped with steel wheels, air signal and steam heat lines, are handled in passenger trains, the train will not exceed maximum permissible speed for freight trains in the territory operated.

(d)...Speed shown on Speed Limit Plate on engines must not be exceeded.

(e)...Steam engines backing up...
...20 MPH
Steam engines in forward motion running light or with caboose only...
...35 MPH
Diesel and Electric engines light or with caboose only...
...50 MPH
Trains handling steam derricks, pile drivers, ditchers, cranes, steam shovels, dozers, etc. on Main Lines...
...25 MPH
except on 6 degree curves or sharper, and on Branch Lines...
...15 MPH
Trains handling ore cars or air dump cars loaded with ore or gravel and scale test car on Main Lines...
...30 MPH
except on 6 degree curves or sharper, and on Branch Lines...
...20 MPH

Unless conditions require a further speed restriction, trains or engines moving against the current of traffic on double track thru interlockings...
...15 MPH
Trains or engines moving on main routes actuating points of spring switches...
...35 MPH
Trains or engines moving in facing point direction at spring switches without facing point lock...
...25 MPH
Trains or engines thru No. 20 turnouts...
...35 MPH


Cashmere, east siding switch.
Leavenworth, east and west siding switch.
Winton, east and west siding switch.
Scenic, east and west siding switch.
Skykomish, east siding switch.
Gold Bar, east siding switch.
Pacific Ave., west siding switch.
Interbay, end of double track east and west end of yard,
...and yard lead at 23rd Ave. overhead bridge.
Bow, north and south siding switch.
Samish, north and south siding switch.
South Bellingham, north and south siding switch.
Still Creek, end of double track.
Endot, end of double track.

Trains or engines thru No. 15 turnouts...
...25 MPH


Wenatchee, east and west crossover switch west end of yard.
Merritt, east and west siding switch.
Baring, east and west siding switch.
Monroe, east and west siding switch.
Snohomish, east and west siding switch.
Everett Jct., junction switch end of double track.

Trains or engines thru all other turnouts...
...15 MPH

(f)...Open cars loaded with poles, piling, lumber, timber, pipe or other lading which might shift, shall be handled as far as possible in pole trains or local trains. Except at points where it is necessary to classify trains, such cars should be placed as close as possible to the head end of the train but shall not be placed immediately next to Diesel or Electric engines, or immediately next to caboose, occupied outfit cars or passenger cars. These commodities must not be placed in trains at such locations as will conflict with the rules governing the handling of explosives, inflammables or acids.

In double track territory, engineers on trains containing such cars must at all times use extreme care to avoid slack running in or out when passing or being passed by other trains.

On single track, trains containing such cars must be at stop when on siding or adjacent track when meeting or being passed by other trains, except when there are more cars than siding will hold, it is permissible for such train to pull by other train at restricted speed.


Class O and larger engines will be placed not to exceed 15 cars behind road engine. In electrified zone only class R engines will be handled on head end, all others near rear.

Class F-8 and smaller engines will be placed next ahead of caboose.

Diesel and Gas-Electric engines 2300-2341 must be handled on rear of train.

Not less than five cars will be placed between all engines.

Trains handling Great Northern steam engines dead in train with side rods on both sides will not exceed 40 MPH; and without side rods will not exceed 10 MPH.

Trains handling foreign line steam engines with side rods on both sides will not exceed speed designated by Superintendent; and without side rods will not exceed 10 MPH.

Engines that have any of the truck or driving wheels removed will not be moved in a train without authority of Superintendent.

Trains handling Electric, Diesel and Gas-Electric engines in tow dead in train will not exceed following speeds:

Engine Number:

1 to 23-75 to 170-253 to 258-262 to 264-272
to 277-301 to 310-400 to 456...
...50 MPH

...35 MPH

175 to 227-600 to 653...
...65 MPH

250, 251-260, 261-266 to 270
350 to 365, 500 to 512...
...75 MPH

252 & 259-265-300...
...45 MPH

2300 to 2324...
...50 MPH

2325 to 2341...
...60 MPH

5000 to 5008-B...
...45 MPH

5010 to 5019...
...55 MPH

4.....Under Rule 2, watches that have been examined and certified to by a designated inspector must be used by train dispatchers and yardmen.

5.....Brakemen with less than one year of experience should not be used as flagman except in emergency, and then Superintendent will be notifled by wire.

6.....When operating snow machines in non-block signal territory, no trains should be permitted to follow closer than a station apart; when that cannot be done, they will be blocked not less than thirty minutes apart.

7.....After severe blizzard or dirt storm, employes on first train over road must exercise care to avoid accident caused by striking drifts without flrst having drifts faced with hand shovels, cutting in far enough to get beyond the hard snow and giving a perpendicular wall to strike against instead of slope or wedgelike shape. When operating snow dozer, conductor in charge will ride in the dozer. On snow and dirt dozers, every precaution must be taken to see that cage, flangers and wings clear all obstacles when in service and are properly secured when in thru trains, and dozers properly turned. Hand screws must be tightened to raise flanger on dozers as high as possible before making a back-up movement, and must not be released until the dozing work is actually to start. Hand screws holding the cage on dozers must be tightened or chains otherwise fastened, except when dozer has air in cylinders and is attended by an employee.

8.....Loaded dump cars should not be handled on double track after dark, but if necessary to do so, close watch must be kept by trainmen and if a car dumps its load, train must be stopped and protection afforded on the opposite track.

9.....Trains 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 19, 20, 23 and 24 carry 100 ft. of steam hose in two 50 ft. lengths equipped with standard Vapor and engine steam dome connections for emergency use in event of steam failure on train engine and non-steam train line engine furnished to handle train. In case of steam line failure on a car, connect both hoses together to run around such car so can be taken to first terminal, using combination standard Vapor and steam dome connections attached to reel. Car must be drained before proceeding.

10.....Unless otherwise provided, when passenger trains are operated against the current of traffic on double track or through sidings, conductors shall notify Railway Postal Clerks, train shall stop at points where U. S. Mail is usually picked up and conductors are responsible for delivery of mail to Postal car.