2.5. RULES FOR MOVEMENT BY TRAIN ORDER
The technical manual on railway operating rules specifies rules
to be followed in the wording and use of train orders. The following
list is not all inclusive, but it does contain those rules pertaining
to rail movements by train order directly related to this text.
Because the rules are self explanatory, they are quoted directly from
Rule 200. Delivery of Train Orders. The quickest and most
reliable means available will be used for delivering
train orders to train crews in the absence of
telephone or telegraph communication. Orders
delivered in such manner will have the same authority
as those delivered by telephone or telegraph.
Rule 201. Procedure.
For movements not provided for by timetable, train
orders will be issued by authority and over the
signature of the chief dispatcher and will contain
only information or instructions essential to such
Train orders must be brief and clear; in the
prescribed format when applicable; and without
erasure, alteration, or interlineation.
Figures in train orders must not be surrounded by
brackets, circles, or other characters.
Rule 202. Identical Wording. Each train order must be given in
the same words to all personnel or trains addressed.
Rule 203. Numbering. Train orders will be numbered
consecutively each day beginning at 0001 hours. When
one office, train order numbers on each subdivision
will differ. For example, one subdivision may begin
with No. 1 and another subdivision with No. 201.