OPERATING RULES--OBSOLETE OR OTHERWISE

A recent DOT report placed the 'human factors' or 'negligence of employees' as the cause of 27.1 percent of the train accidents in 1968. All of these accidents were due to rules violations of one sort or another. A tough policy on rules compliance is badly needed in the industry. The need for improved rules training is chronic. Employees required to operate over foreign line tracks must be qualified on foreign line rules. There are advantages to adopting a common rule book for all railroads. A disadvantage would be the high cost of changing signals to meet a common requirement. Acceptance would be difficult, since each railroad believes its own rules are the best for it. The committee feels that the present rules are not obsolete, but that they need to be streamlined to reflect the changes in operations and technology. The need for common rules is clear. The report concluded with the results of a survey on operating rules. Discussion of the committee report is presented on pages 60-75.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The 75th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents was held at Le Chateau Champlain, Montreal, Quebec Canada, June 15-17, 1971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association of Railroad Superintendents

    18154 Harwood Avenue
    Homewood, IL  USA  60403
  • Publication Date: 1971-6

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  • Accession Number: 00044266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Association of Railroad Superintendents
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1976 12:00AM