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Regulations for working a "Bank Engine"


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

REGULATIONS FOR WORKING A "BANK ENGINE" FROM OBAN JUNCTION TO GLENCRUITTEN SUMMIT.
1. Banking Engines are Engines assisting Trains in rear.
2. The following Regulations for the working of Goods, Live Stock, Fish, and Mineral Trains from Oban Junction to Glencruitten Summit by "Banking Engines" must be strictly carried out.
3. The only Section, or portion of a Section, on which "Banking Engines" are permitted with Up Trains, is from Oban Junction to Glencruitten Summit, a distance of about 2¾ miles.
4. When a Train has to be assisted on this Section by "Banking Engine," the Train must be brought to a stand for the Banking Engine to be coupled on to the Vehicle.
5. Banking Engines assisting heavy Goods, Live Stock, Fish, or Mineral Trains must, in all cases, be coupled to the Trains, and must not be uncoupled therefrom until the last Vehicle has passed on to the falling gradient, and the Train and Banking Engine have come to a stand at the Summit.
6. Engine Drivers and Guards of these Trains must, before starting from the Summit, satisfy themselves that their Train is intact.
7. Banking Engines must not proceed beyond Glencruitten Summit, but return direct from there to Oban Junction, and deliver the Bank Engine Staff to the Signalman there.
8. The carrying of the Staff by the Banking Engine is in addition to the Tablet carried by the Train Engine (in accordance with Rule No. 8), which the Drivers must carry forward to Connel Ferry Station.
9. The Signalman at Oban Junction, on the return of the Engine to the Home Signal at his Cabin must, immediately after receiving the "Bank Engine Staff" from the Driver, place it in the Instrument, as until it is so placed the Electric Current, or communication between Oban Junction and Connel Ferry, will be cut off, and until the "Bank Engine Staff" is placed in position, the Tablet Instrument cannot be worked.