Visting Drivers

In the foreground is the concrete pad on which the ground level steaming bays sit. Trailers will back in from below the bottom of the picture. The unloading traverser (shown with 500kg test weights) connects to the left most steaming bay. Behind that is the turntable giving access to the yards and the raised track steaming bays. A radial traverser connects these to the raised track siding and main line (right of photo). Engine and carriage storage sheds lie beyond.

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Marshalling yards in front of the sheds. Ground level main line is on the left. Ticket box and raised track station in the background to the right.

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The following notes are provided for the benefit of visiting locomotive drivers.

The safety of passengers and members is of paramount importance. The following operating procedures are designed to allow smooth operation and to minimise accidents. However it is the responsibility of all members to be vigilant for unsafe practice at all times.

Visiting Locos

  • Current boiler certificate must be sighted.
  • Water and compressed air are available in steaming bays.
  • Water is available in stations.Coal and ash trays available in coal shed behind engine shed.
  • Ash disposal (thoroughly wetted) in drum behind engine shed.

Managing Trains / Carriages

Carriages must be coupled together properly.

Safety chain must be connected to all components in the Train.

For our Rasied Track the safety mechianism is the skirts between the Carriages.

Managing Passengers

  • Driver is responsible for his load.
  • Passengers are only allowed on the platform during loading.
  • Driver to check behind at every curve for misbehaviour (feet must be on foot boards, hands in, sitting down).

Train Operation

  • One short toot:
  • Leaving station, after stationmasters bell has been rung.
  • Entering tunnel.
  • Moving train from unloading platform to loading platform.

Only stop:

  • To discipline a passenger.
  • In an emergency.
  • All disembarking passengers must be outside gate before moving train to loading platform.
  • Maximum speed 6mph (10kph).

Multiple Trains

  • Be aware of where other trains are on the track.
  • There should be at least 30m between trains.

Raised Track

  • Blue skirts must be in place between carriages.
  • Section signals give some indication of the train ahead.
  • Only one train through #4 point from the steaming bay at a time. This is to prevent the signalman changing the point back while the second train is crossing the point. Point must be allowed to reset and the demand button pressed again.
  • If the driver sees someone in the signal box as they go past, they should be wary of having #4 point changed against them.

Section signals tell the driver about trains ahead of them:

  • Red - there is a train in the next section.
  •    Yellow - there is a train in the next section but one.
  •    Green - there are no trains in the next two sections.
  • Drivers must not pass a section signal that is red.
  • There are no section signals in the western loop.
  • Points signals tell the driver what state the points are in. The light is green for the direction of travel, red for the other direction. Both red while the points are moving.

Ground Level Track

  • Beware of vehicles when approaching level crossings - vehicle drivers may not see you nor give way.
  • Blow whistle at all pedestrian crossings.
  • Beware of pedestrians at all times, particularly near the car park by the station and particularly small children.
  • Make sure all points are set correctly for your direction of travel. Points are changed with mechanical levers by the driver. There are no points lights.
  • There is a set of 3 red/green pairs for the three roads out of the station. One green, the other two red, under the control of the station master.
  • There are also 3 section signals, each red/yellow/green, on the loop at the far end of the track where visibility is limited.
  • Red - there is a train in the next section.
  • Yellow - there is a train in the next section but one.
  • Green - there are no trains in the next two sections.

Each section is only 50m so even with a crowded track they won't impede traffic, just provide driver advice of a train close ahead.

  • Drivers must not pass a section signal that is red.