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Controlling of Trains down Inclines


These instructions appeared in the Appendix to the Working Time Tables, dated 1st August, 1888.

CONTROLLING OF TRAINS DOWN INCLINES.-Drivers of all Trains and Engines must run at such a speed as will enable them to stop at once, if necessary, when passing the Craig at Loch-Lubnaig, and in descending the Glenogle incline. They must occupy not less than 10 minutes in running between the 52 and 55 mile posts on Loch-Awe side during the day, and 15 minutes during the night, as stones are liable to be detached.
On the Down Journey, in descending the Inclines from Glenoglehead Crossing to Killin Junction, Killin Junction to Luib, from Succoth to Dalmally, and from the Summit in Glencruitten down into Oban, and on the Up Journey, after passing the Summit at Glencruitten, descending the Incline to Connel Ferry Station, the Incline down to Tyndrum Station, the Incline from Glenoglehead Crossing to Lochearnhead, and the Incline in Pass of Leny, Guards must put on their Brakes, but not so hard as to skid the wheels or fire the blocks, and keep them on until the bottom of the Inclines is reached.
Drivers and Brakesmen of Goods, Mineral, and Live Stock Trains must, before descending the above mentioned Inclines, see that sufficient wagon brakes are pinned down to enable them, with the aid of the Engine and Van Brakes, to keep their Trains under thorough control. When Trains do not require to stop at Glencruitten Summit to have Brakes pinned down for descending the Incline to Oban, Guards and Brakesmen must, from the left side, give the Driver a Green Signal to indicate that they are attending to their Brakes. The Driver must whistle for this Signal, and he must not pass the Summit until he has received the Signal, and is satisfied that he has full control of the Train.
Immediately after the Guard or Guards have applied the Brakes, the Engine Driver will apply what additional power is necessary, and control the Train with the Brake Power at his command.
NOTE.-Engine Drivers, passing round 10 or 12 chain curves where there are double rails, must not exceed a speed of 12 miles an hour.