containing Queen station, and note that trains number 6 and 207 are
scheduled to meet at 1025 hours. Just to the right of the schedule
for eastbound train No. 410, columns list the distance in kilometers
and passing track capacities at each station given in the number of
44foot cars the tracks will hold. The letters above the station
names and those in the extreme left column of the timetable are
authorized timetable abbreviations. They are explained in paragraph
2.13. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
Now that you are familiar with the classified schedule and some
of the rules that govern timetables, we are ready to discuss the
special instructions part of a timetable.
In addition to the classified schedule, the timetable also
contains special instructions to operating personnel for the
particular division affected by the timetable. The special
instructions supersede the railway operating rules in TM 55200 if
they conflict. The following subparagraphs give and explain some
examples of special instructions.
a. Speed restrictions. The maximum authorized speeds for train
movements over main lines; on sidings, spurs, and turnouts; and on
all tracks within yard limits are given in the special instructions.
b. Direction superiority. In explaining the superiority of
trains, chapter 1 states that trains are superior by right, class, or
direction. The superior direction for any division is established by
and stated in the special instructions of the timetable.
c. Location of standard clock. The traditional gold watch
carried by railroad men and the pride they take in its accuracy is no
joke. In no other mode of transportation is time more important than
in railroading. Because of the efficiency with which railroads
operate, they have established a record of dependability that is
unmatched by other modes. With standard clocks located at key points
on rail lines, and their locations noted in the special instructions,
all railway personnel can check and set their watches; this gives a
standard time for the entire railroad.
d. Signal indications. Not all railroads have the same type of
signal systems nor are they used in the same way. The special