Eastern Cascades Model Railroad Club

RULES OF OPERATIONS

RULES FOR COALS OPERATION--NON-PUBLIC DAYS

  1. Engineers of any age must prove to a COALS senior officer that he/she has the knowledge and ability to operate the train safely. APPROVAL WILL NOT BE GIVEN (OR WILL BE REVOKED) IF TRAINEE ENGINEER OR ENGINEER FAILS TO OPERATE THE TRAIN SAFELY!! Engineers 16 years old or more will be approved to operate the train independently. Trainee engineers, as well as those under the age of 16, must have a senior COALS member who is already approved to operate the train in direct supervision of the operator and the operation of the locomotive at all times. Trainee engineers and engineers under the age of 18 will not be permitted to haul any public at any time.
  2. If there is a brakeman, he/she must be aware of the responsibilities of the job, and be willing to do what the engineer requests. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: aiding in re-railing derailed cars, observing behavior of passengers, throwing switches for the train, and notifying the engineer of any problem.
  3. All cars must have either drawbars or a combination of couplers with safety chains attached to the adjacent cars or engine unless this is the FIRST run of the equipment for testing purposes, and on this first run, there will be NO PUBLIC PASSENGERS. Except for this one permissible trial run, all equipment will be run in total accordance with the Rules for Equipment to be Run On COALS Track--be it privately owned or club owned
  4. All privately owned equipment is subject to permission of owner for others to operate it. This pertains to rolling stock and locomotives. If given permission, and damage occurs by negligence, it is the financial responsibility of the engineer to repair ALL damage including damage to equipment, facilities, track and/or bridges.
  5. NO FREE COASTING OF ANY CARS AT ANY TIME! All train equipment must be in control at all times.
  6. The turntable is NOT a toy. It is to be used respectfully and safely at all times.
  7. No playing or loitering on the tracks at any time.
  8. All operating trains must have some sort of braking source, be it the rolling stock (train line air or vacuum) brakes, independent locomotive brakes, or both. Braking source must be in accordance to the Rules for Equipment to be Run On COALS Track.
  9. Maximum speed shall be five (5) miles per hour on the straight section of track, with a slow order of two (2) miles per hour (walking pace) across the big trestle. Remain at reduced speed until ALL cars in your train are off the bridge. A good way to make sure of this is to have the brakeman notify the engineer when his/her car (the last) is off of the bridge.
  10. All operation of equipment is at your own risk. Use common sense and concern for safety at all times.
Exceptions to these rules may only be approved by a majority vote of the senior COALS members.

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RULES FOR COALS OPERATION--OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC RUN DAYS

  1. ALL Rules for COALS Operation--Non-Public Days apply with the following exceptions: Engineers must be at least eighteen (18) years old and brakemen must be at least fourteen (14) years old.
  2. All trains over two (2) cars in length must have a brakeman. Brakeman must be aware of the responsibilities of the job, and be willing to do what the engineer requests. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: aiding in re-railing derailed cars, observing behavior of passengers, throwing switches for the train, and notifying the engineer if there is a problem. If brakeman is not following procedures properly, he/she will be replaced.
  3. All cars must have either drawbars or a combination of couplers with safety chains attached to the adjacent cars or engine.
  4. COALS members should wear their COALS shirt, or an Eastern Cascades Model Railroad shirt on the day of Open House, as well as their nametag. Remember we are the Hosts--and need to be identified.
  5. There will be NO FOOD OR DRINKS allowed on any train on public run days. It will be the responsibility of the stationmaster, engineer, and brakeman to enforce this rule.
  6. The COALS officers must approve all visiting equipment for Open House operation at least two (2) run sessions before the day(s) of the Open House. No untested equipment of any sort will be allowed to pull the public on the day(s) of Open House. The untested equipment will be allowed to display in the steaming bays.
  7. All equipment used at the Open House must LOOK like a train--anything still under construction will not be allowed to operate at the Open House, but may be displayed in the steaming bays. COALS officers will decide what does and doesn’t look like a train.
  8. COALS members should be willing to help in loading and unloading of equipment of visiting owner-operators, even if it is on different days than the Open House itself.
  9. When COALS members or visiting owner-operators need a break, they are responsible for finding another qualified person to take their position while they are gone. If the engineer needs a break, he/she is to find a qualified engineer 18 or older or the engineer is to park the train before he/she goes on break.
Exceptions to these rules may only be approved by a majority vote of the senior COALS members.