To relay a train order, it must be transmitted in the
usual manner to the relaying office.
agent at the relaying office must transmit the order
The person receiving the order at
destination must repeat the order to the station agent
at the relaying office, who must underscore on his
copy each word and number as repeated.
He must then
repeat the order to the train dispatcher, by whom
"complete" will be given to the relaying operator, who
will transmit it to destination. If the order also is
addressed to a superior train at the relaying office,
the "X" response* must be given before it is
transmitted to the inferior train.
Before transmitting an order to a conductor or
engineman over a telephone circuit, the person who is
about to receive the order must first give his name,
train identification, and location.
The "X" response must not be used when handling train
orders directly with the conductor or the engineman.
Rule 207. Transmitting Train Orders. To transmit
a train order,
the dispatcher will state "train order,
" and give the
direction, to each office called.
He will also
specify the number of copies required,
such as "train
order West, copy 5."
Rule 210. Train Order. When a train order has been transmitted,
station agents must, unless otherwise directed, repeat
it at once from the manifold copy in the succession in
which the several offices have been addressed.
station agent receiving the order must observe whether
the others repeat
*The "X" response holds a superior train to allow an order for an
inferior train to be repeated and completed.
This is to avoid
unnecessary delay to the inferior train when there is no rush on the
order for the superior train. See rule 212.