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 Posted: Wed Aug 3rd, 2016 03:33 pm
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Steven B

Joined: Thu Aug 13th, 2015
Location: Virginia USA
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Michael and Herb,

It depends... On a small railroad, a lightly used line or a branch, the "main" could be considered within Yard Limits. Rules varied by railroad and situation. As I have said, some whole branches were within "yard Limits." On large railroads, the mains were usually protected and held by dispatchers. Therefore, they were not within Yard Limits. So if a main has a Yard Limit Station, then the "main" could very well be within "Yard Limits." An easy way to tell is to see if there are two Yard Limit Stations, one on either side of the "yard" or industry. So, yes, the main could be used for switching. On a TT operation, crews switching need to be in the clear of the main to allow a scheduled train to pass, yet the scheduled train will proceed at restricted speed, watching for crews at work.

Registers were not to check up on crews working. Crews didn't get paid by the hour in the US, they got paid by milage or job. A good local conductor could get his switch list together and kick the job out and done, making his crew happy because they got off "early." Registers were a safety check. They showed other crews and clerks which crews had reached that station, the section of the railroad which had cleared or which they still occupied. So basically it was an occupancy check. A dispatcher could physically check a register, this was generally used before radios, to check a specific train's location.

Hope that helps clarify.

Steven B.
Humboldt & Toiyabe Rwy
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