All trains run as extras per prototype practice. The employee timetable does not provide timetable authority.
Movement of trains is based on a Sequence of Trains table. Sequences for each line are independent from one another.
Main Line Operations
Crews follow signal indication and operate their trains out of staging, proceed through Lewistown, and return to staging.
Some trains will originate or terminate at Lewistown. Crews will follow signal indication to/from the yard.
Secondary Line Operations
All non-main line trackage is categorized as secondary lines. Secondary lines have no passenger traffic (or they would be “branches”).
Authority to proceed is granted verbally at the leisure of the LEWIS tower operator via telephone.
The LEWIS operator will grant permission between points on the secondary line. Crews must contact the tower operator by telephone to indicate that they have reached their destination so as to clear the block.
All movements on secondary tracks are at restricted speeds with crews responsible for stopping short of obstacles or other trains.
There are numerous “yard limits” along the secondary lines. Movements within the yard limits are coordinated among affected crews.
Train Order Cards
A Train Order card is included at the front of every train packet. The card provides the train symbol, the train name (if one), the class, the origin, and the destination of the train.
An Instructions area provides information such as stops or work to be performed during the course of operation of the train.