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Posted by lonewoof on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 2:51 PM

Some time back, I saw a definition (from a rule book) for "TRAIN" "One or more locomotives, coupled, with or without cars, bearing markers". Since it appears that no one uses markers anymore, has the definition changed?

Remember: In South Carolina, North is southeast of Due West... HIOAg /Bill

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 3:43 PM

205 - End-of-Train Marker

205.1 A marker must be displayed on the rear car of a train when occupying a controlled track except where the authority for movement is or includes:

a. Main track yard limits non-signaled (YL), or

b. Main track yard limits signaled (YL-S).

205.2 From one hour before sunset until one hour after sunrise, or when conditions restrict visibility to onehalf mile or less on tangent track, the marker must be:

a. An illuminated red or orange-amber light, or

b. A red or orange-amber light equipped with automatic activation, or

c. A red flag only when moving no further than the next repair point if a defective car prevents the placement of an illuminated marker.

205.3 From one hour after sunrise until one hour before sunset the marker may be:

a. A red flag, or

b. A non-illuminated end-of-train device (EOT) or red (orange-amber) marker light.

205.4 The rear locomotive headlight on dim may be used as a marker for:

a. A locomotive consist without cars, or

b. A single locomotive, or

c. A locomotive on the rear of the train.

205.5 If a marker is required to be illuminated, it must be inspected before departing the initial terminal or crew change point by:

a. Crewmember or another qualified employee, or

b. Information displayed by the head-of-train device (HTD).

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Posted by traisessive1 on Friday, June 7, 2019 1:53 PM

CN Canadian Railway Operating Rules:


When used, will indicate the last piece of equipment in a movement. It will be one of the following:

a red light, a red reflectorized plaque, a sense and braking unit (SBU), OR

an occupied caboose, distributed power remote locomotive consist or distributed braking car, when the last piece of equipment in the direction of travel.



An engine with or without cars intended to operate on the main track at speeds in excess of 15 MPH or a track unit when so designated.

10000 feet and no dynamics? Today is going to be a good day ... 

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