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Since mainline trains are on the layout for such a short time, it doesn't make sense to prepare complete timetable and train order paperwork. As a result, the rules that apply to the layout are minimal.
I’ll make a one-page (one card?) ‘Book of Rules’ that summarizes the rules that apply all of the time.

I’ll post a Circular with information specific to that session (such as the stop and protect rules for the day).

Until late 1952, all crossings were manned by Crossing Watchmen. On the layout, the gates will be ‘automatic’ during appropriate hours, but with a switch to move to manual control. During these periods, the trains will operate gates manually (with  a button), or stop and protect, depending on the rules for the day.

Definitions

MAIN TRACK.—A track extending through yards and between stations, upon which trains are operated by time-table or train order, or both, or the use of which is governed by block signals.

YARD. –A system of tracks within defined limits provided for the making up of trains, storing cars, and other purposes, over which movements not authorized by time-table, or by train order, may be mande, subject to prescribed signals and rules, or by special instructions.

YARD SPEED.—A speed that will permit stopping within one-half of the range of vision.

SPEED RESTRICTIONS FOR PARTICULAR ROUTES

A.      Passenger trains running forward: 50

B.      Freight and work trains running forward: 40

C.       Engines running backward: 20

 
ADDITIONAL SPEED RESTRICTIONS

Between station and Church Street (Berlin branch): 10

Between west end of Curtis Street and east end of Elm Street: 20

 

The switching crews and through freights will have to clear the mainline at least 5 minutes before the next scheduled train is to leave the prior station (Hartford).

 

1707. THE ENGINE WHISTLE SIGNAL PRESCRIBED BY RULE 14(l) MAY BE OMITTED EXCEPT WHEN THERE IS A SPECIAL OCCASION THEREFOR, AT:

Westward: Between Stanley and Curtis Streets

Eastward: Between High and Stanley Streets

 

 

1713. PUBLIC CROSSINGS AT GRADE, STOP AND PROTECT PER RULE 898.

Myrtle Street: Switching movements

From September 25, 1949 ending September 25, 1952

Curtis, High, and Washington Streets:

Sundays .....12.01 am to 12:00 mid

Weekdays .....12:00 mid to 5:30 am .....9:30 pm to 12:00 mid

Starting September 25, 1952:

Elm, High, Main, and Washington Streets:

Sundays .....12.30 am to 4:30 pm Gates to be operated by trainmen, M.H.C. operator, or employe in charge of other rail movements.

Starting September 25, 1952 – Automatic crossing gates and flashing light signals were installed. I’ll have to figure out a way to make the crossing gates replaceable for these sessions. Obviously, I’ll need an automatic crossing gate circuit for this as well, but that will be inactive during earlier sessions.:

1705a. WHERE COMBINED AUTOMATIC CROSSING GATES AND FLASHING LIGHT SIGNALS ARE IN USE AT PUBLIC CROSSINGS AT GRADE, THEY ARE EQUIPPED FOR OPERATION OF MOVEMENTS WITH AND AGAINST THE CURRENT OF TRAFFIC. THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE OBSERVED AS REQUIRED. New Britain....Smalley St. - Curtis St.

1705b. AT HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS EQUIPPED WITH FLASHING LIGHT SIGNALS OR WITH AUTOMATIC CROSSING GATES AND FLASHING LIGHT SIGNALS. WHERE THESE CROSSINGS ARE SO EQUIPPED THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE OBSERVED AS REQUIRED: To avoid unnecessary operation of flashing light signals and delay to highway traffic marker posts will be erected to indicate end of circuit where trains may be stopped or cars may be left for switching movements. Marker posts will be erected to indicate end of circuit where trains may be stopped or cars may be left for switching movements. Marker posts will be painted with alternate black and white stripes and with letters to indicate the action required as outlined below:
(1) - End of Circuit - Standing equipment - Keep clear.
(2) P Stop here - Operate manual switch as directed. (Directions for operation posted in case.)
(3) X Standing Equipment must keep clear. If a movement is to be made over crossing, pass marker not more than 30 feet, which will start operation of flashing light signals; after 30 seconds proceed over crossing to clear other marker.
(4) S/W Where cars must be left on track circuit approaching crossing to do switching a movement over the crossing will stop signals from flashing. On return move approach crossing to a point where signals start flashing and highway traffic is stopped clear proceed at slow speed. When movements have been made which cause the flashing light signals to stop operating all following movements must be made at slow speed and it must be known that signals are flashing or crossing must be protected as per Rule 738.
 
1912. NEW BRITAIN Between the hours of 6:30 am and 10:15 pm, when eastward automatic signal No. E86.8, located 405 feet west of High Street, is in stop position, eastward freight trains will not proceed until they get a hand signal from operator on duty. This to avoid blocking crossings should a train ahead be doing work.
Combined automatic crossing gates and flashing light signals at Curtis Street crossing 41.36, 4000 feet west of New Britain Station. Rule 1705a applies. Rule 1705b, Item 4 S/W will apply for No. 2 track. A manual switch located at the northwest intersection must be operated to lower the automatic gates when switching movements are made over track 5 to the Stanley Plant. in addition, this track must be protected in accordance with Rule 738. A marker, Item 1, Time Table Rule 1705b, installed No. 2 track, 2700 feet west of Curtis Street. Eastward trains stopping at Curtis Street to set off or pick up cars at New Britain must stop with entire train, including engines, in the rear of marker post to avoid unnecessary operation of combined flashing light signals at Curtis Street.
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