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STARTING OR ADVANCED STARTING SIGNALS.

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        12. - Where Starting Signals are provided, so long as the Starting Signal is at Danger, the Home and Distant Signals must also be kept at Danger, except that at Junctions, after a train has been brought to a stand, or at places other than Junctions, after a train has been stopped, or brought nearly to a stand, at the Home Signal, the Home Signal may be lowered to allow the train to draw forward towards the Starting Signal ; but, except in the cases referred to in clauses 20, 21, 22 and 23, the Starting Signal must not be lowered until a Tablet has been obtained for the Train to proceed to the Tablet Station in advance. The Driver of any train that has been thus stopped, or brought nearly to a stand, at the Home Signal must, after that Signal has been lowered, go slowly forward towards the Starting Signal, but must only proceed so far as is necessary to leave the last vehicle well clear of the Points and Crossings and within sight of the Signalman. Where Advanced Starting signals are provided, and the Line is clear between the Starting and Advanced Starting signals, the Signalman may, when necessary, after a train has been brought to a stand at the Starting Signal, lower that Signal to allow such train to proceed towards the Advanced Starting signal.

SIGNAL GIVEN IN ERROR, TRAIN LAST SIGNALLED NOT COMING.

        13. - This signal must only be used in cases where a train has been signalled to the Tablet Station in advance, and it is found that such train will not proceed in the usual course.

OBSTRUCTION DANGER SIGNAL.

        14. - If, after permission has been given for a train to approach, it is found necessary, in consequence of a break-down obstructing the Line, or from any other cause, that the train should be stopped at the Tablet Station in the rear, the Obstruction Danger signal must be forwarded to the Tablet Station in the rear. The Signalman receiving such signal must immediately exhibit the Danger signal at his signals to stop the approaching train ; and after taking the necessary measures to stop the train he must give the signal, Signal given in Error, Train last Signalled not coming, and must not allow the train to proceed until the signal, Obstruction Removed, has been received from the Tablet Station in advance, and the Is Line Clear? signal has been again forwarded and acknowledged, or the signal, Section Clear and Station or Junction Blocked, has been received.

TRAIN WITH TAIL LAMP MISSING OR OUT.

        15. - All trains and light engines will carry a tail lamp in the rear, both by day and by night, to indicate to the Signalmen that no vehicle has become detached on the journey, and the Signalmen must carefully watch each train as it passes, and satisfy themselves that the whole of it has passed safely before giving the Train out of Section signal to the Tablet Station in the rear. Should a train pass a Tablet Station with the tail lamp missing or out, and the Signalman be unable to satisfy himself whether the tail lamp is really on the train or not, he must send the Train passed without Tail Lamp signal to the Tablet Station on each side of him, and as soon as this signal has been acknowledged by the Signalman at the Tablet Station in the rear, he must give the Train out of Section signal to the Tablet Station in the rear in the usual way.
        The Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance must act as directed in clause 16, and the Signalman at the tablet station in the rear must make a note of the circumstances in his Record Book and stop the next train following and, when handing a Tablet to the Driver, verbally instruct him to proceed cautiously towards the Tablet Station in advance, informing him why it is necessary that he should do so. Should the next train to pass over the section be going in the opposite direction, the Signalman must inform the Driver what has occurred, and instruct him to proceed cautiously so as to avoid danger in the event of any portion of the train having been left on the line. As soon as the train, the driver of which has been cautioned, has passed over the section, and it is ascertained that the Line is clear, the Signalman must recommence signalling in the ordinary manner.
        If a train should pass a Tablet Station with the tail lamp out when it should be burning, and the Signalman can plainly see the lamp, and is satisfied that the whole of the train has arrived, he must give the Train out of Section signal, in accordance with clause 7, to the Tablet Station in the rear, but must give the Train passed without Tail Lamp signal to the Tablet Station in advance, and, where practicable, also telegraph to the Tablet Station in advance stating that the lamp is not missing, but out ; and the Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance must, on receiving this information, stop the approaching train.

"STOP AND EXAMINE TRAIN" SIGNAL.

        16. - If a Signalman observe anything unusual in a train during its passage, such as signals of alarm by a passenger, goods falling off, a vehicle on fire, a hot axle box, or any other mishap, except a train divided, or a train with the tail lamp missing or out, he must give to the Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance the signal Stop and Examine Train ; and the Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance must acknowledge such signal, and immediately exhibit the Danger signal at his signals to stop the train coming from the Tablet Station from which the signal was received. The train, when stopped in obedience to the Stop and Examine Train signal, must be carefully examined and dealt with as occasion may require. Where practicable, the Signalman must also telegraph the Tablet Station in advance the cause of sending the Stop and Examine Train signal. Signalmen must be careful to notice each train as it passes, to ascertain whether there is any apparent necessity for having it stopped at the next Tablet Station for examination.

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