Train Messages and Bulletins
After receiving a General Manager's Notice that the grade crossing signals are out of service at Sawyer Road, a crew member flags the crossing as required in the notice to protect motorist at the grade crossing. Once the crossing is "covered" by the train, the crew member will board the locomotive and they'll continue their trip north.
Train messages and bulletins can be issued which supersede instructions in the timetable and any rules with which such bulletins may conflict. These bulletins outline special issues or procedures of a temporary nature that affect the operations of trains. Prototype railroad employees are required to check for new bulletins at the beginning of each tour of duty and must maintain a copy of the current bulletins in effect, and have them accessible when working.
How can we apply these prototype procedures to our model railroads? If you have a section of track that is having issues with derailments you can issue a slow order to your operating crews that limit the speed between specific points to help prevent derailments until you can get it fixed. In addition, if you have a grade crossing signal that is not working correctly or you are in the process of installing one you can issue a stop and flag notice for that grade crossing. Any special procedure or requirement can be sent out as a train message or bulletin which can add a touch of realism to an ops session. These notices can be handed out at the beginning of an ops session and reviewed with the crews. Following these procedures also helps slow down an ops session as crews have to comply with the message or bulletins.
Georgia Northeastern Model Railroad
General Manager’s Notice 042623GM#1
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 26, 2023, 07:00
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