ISSUING AND SUPERSEDING TIMETABLES
All employees whose duties are connected with train operation must
secure and carry a copy of the current employees' timetable.
study it carefully and familiarize themselves with all portions affecting
their duties. Such persons are required to sign a receipt showing that they
have received a copy. Each time a new timetable is issued, employees must
note the time and the date it becomes effective and study it carefully for
changes in train schedules; special rules seldom change. The old timetable
must be destroyed or turned in. Because of changes in train schedules, to
leave an out-of-date timetable laying around is to invite trouble.
Appendix II consists of a sample timetable based on the double-track
division illustrated in figure 1.4.
The timetable contains some of the
information specified in paragraph 2.2.
The purpose is general
familiarization only; in actual practice it would require considerably more
information and detail to cover all operating procedures and details of a
division 137 kilometers long. Most of the special instructions could also
apply to the single-track division in figure 1.1. However, the time figures
on the two pages showing the schedules of the 12 trains would be changed
completely because of two-way operation over a single track.
The Dispatcher's Record of Train Movements, usually called the train
sheet, is maintained by the train dispatcher and is an important written
It shows at all times the picture of
train movements over the division, what trains are in transit, and the time
each one passes each station along the line.
Knowing the running time
between two stations, the dispatcher can determine at a glance whether a
train is having difficulty in its progress.
At the same time, he knows
whether it is exceeding established speed limits. When the rear end of a
train passes a telegraph station, the operator reports the exact time to the
dispatcher who enters it on the train sheet in the column opposite the
station's call letters. When the operator reports the train's time, he is
said to "OS" the train. Using the train sheet in dispatching operations is
discussed further in the following subparagraphs.
a. Typical train sheet. Annex B shows a train sheet as it would appear
in use on the single-track division in figure 1.1. The columns to the left
of the station call letters indicate the westward