MSWJ SINGLE LINE TABLET REGULATIONS / Page 7


OPENING AND CLOSING OF TABLET STATIONS.

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        27. - Tablet Stations which are not always open must be opened in sufficient time to enable the Signalman to receive the signals from the Tablet Station in the rear for the first train, and must not be closed until after the Train out of Section signal has been received from the Tablet Station in advance for the last train.
        On the opening or closing of a Tablet Station which is not continuously open, the signal, Opening of Tablet Station, or Closing of Tablet Station, must be given to, and acknowledged by, the Tablet Station on one or both sides as the case may be.

BALLAST TRAIN REQUIRING TO STOP IN SECTION.

        28. - When a ballast train has to stop in a section for permanent way purposes, the Signalman must give the signal, Is Line Clear for ballast Train requiring to stop in Section? and the Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance must give permission in accordance with the Section Clear and Station or Junction Blocked signal, for the train to approach his Tablet Station. When a ballast train requiring to stop in the section for permanent way purposes is brought to a stand at a Tablet Station, to enable the Guard to advise the Signalman that his train is going to stop on the Main Line in the section in advance (see Rule 320 in the Company's Book of Rules and Regulations), the Signalman must, if permission has been granted for the train to proceed to the Tablet Station in advance, give the signal, Signal given in Error, Train last Signalled not coming ; and when this signal has been acknowledged, he must signal the train as above directed.
        When a ballast train requiring to stop in the section is signalled, the Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance must not forward the signals to the next Tablet Station in advance until he is satisfied that the ballast train is ready to leave the section ; and Drivers must, when requiring to leave sections where their trains have been signalled in accordance with these instructions, take care to intimate the fact to the Signalman at the Tablet Station in advance by the use of their whistles, and, where necessary, by giving the prescribed number of whistles.

BALLAST TRAIN AT WORK ON LINE.

        29. - The Driver of a ballast train that has to do work on the Line must be told when receiving the Tablet to which end of the section it is to be taken, and at what time it is to be there, in order to clear the Line for the next train.

SHORT DISTANCE TABLET SIGNAL

        30. - This signal is only to be used when a Tablet is required for a train or light engine to go and return from a place between two Tablet Stations, the Tablet being thereafter replaced in the same Instrument as it was taken out of.
        When the train or light engine returns with the Tablet the usual Arrival Signal must be given on the bell plunger.

BREAK-DOWN VAN TRAINS.

        31. - To prevent delays to break-down van trains, they must be signalled as passenger trains.

SPECIAL TRAINS

        32. - When a special train, in addition to those shown in the Company's weekly printed notices, has to be run, the usual special train tail signal must, if possible, be attached to the preceding train for the guidance of the Platelayers and others employed on the Line ; but as special trains have frequently to be run without previous notice of any kind, it is necessary for the staff along the Line to be at all times prepared for such extra trains.

MIXED TRAINS

        33. - Mixed trains conveying passengers and goods must be signalled and dealt with as passenger trains.

"TRAIN" INCLUDES "LIGHT ENGINE"

        34. - The term "train" in these Regulations must be understood to include "Light engine," - i.e., engine without a train.

CONTROLLING SIDINGS ON SINGLE LINES BY MEANS OF THE TABLET.

        35. - The Points giving communication between the Sidings and the Main Line that are controlled by the Tablet cannot be opened without the Tablet for that section of the Line where the Siding is situated, and the Tablet cannot be removed until the points have been placed in the proper position for trains to pass upon the Main Line, and securely locked so as to prevent waggons passing from the Sidings on to the Main Line.
        On arriving at a Siding worked in accordance with these instructions, the Driver must hand the Tablet to the Guard in charge, who must raise the moveable lid of the Tablet Box, deposit the Tablet, lettered side upwards, in the place provided for it, and close the lid ; the points will then be unlocked. When the necessary shunting has been completed, and the points placed in the proper position for trains to pass upon the Main Line, the Guard must remove the Tablet from the Tablet Box, and then return it to the Driver, and the latter must not proceed on his journey until he has obtained possession of it.
        The Working Time Table will contain a list of the Tablet Stations and the Siding Points which are controlled by the Tablets.

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