RULES AND TYPES OF TRAINS
Discussions in this chapter begin with a presentation of that
portion of the railway operating rules called general rules.
Following this discussion are definitions of pertinent terms used in
railroading, and an explanation of the operating rules that determine
train superiority. Finally, the different types of military trains
generally found in a theater of operations are explained.
The general rules apply to all personnel in the transportation
railway service (TRS). As stated earlier, the operating rules in TM
55200 are adapted from the Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Standard Code of Operating Rules. Because military rail operations
may differ from civilian operations, some of the rules have been
modified or worded differently from the way they are given in the
Standard Code to better cover operations peculiar to Department of
text correspond to that in TM 55200. The following general rules
are selfexplanatory and are quoted directly from TM 55200, Railway
(1) Commanding officers of personnel whose duties are regulated
by the rules of this manual will provide each individual with a copy
of this manual and will be responsible for the observance of such
(2) Personnel whose duties are in any way affected by the
timetable will be provided with a copy of the current timetable and
will carry it while on duty.