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Controlling of Trains down Inclines


These instructions appeared in the Appendix to the Working Time Table, dated 1st May, 1915.

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 9 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.
The attention of Guards and Engine Drivers is directed to the instructions as to "Brake Power on Goods and Mineral, &c. Trains on Inclines" and "Attaching or Detaching Vehicles" at pages 59 to 62 of this portion, and the lists in connection therewith.
When Up Trains do not require to stop at Glenoglehead Crossing to have Brakes pinned down before descending the incline to Balquhidder, and when Down 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 of all Trains, including Passenger Trains, must whistle for this Signal, and he must not pass Glenoglehead or the Summit of Glencruitten until he has received the Signal, and is satisfied that he has full control of the Train. When two Guards are on a Train they must both apply their Brakes, but not so hard as to skid the wheels when descending the different Inclines mentioned above.
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.
There are sudden changes of gradients between the following Mile Posts:-36 and 39, 40 and 40¾, 41 and 42, 47½ and 48, 59 and 60, and 61 and 62. In passing over these places Brakesmen should apply their Brakes so as to keep the couplings tight, and Drivers must reduce speed to from 12 to 15 miles an hour, and avoid any sudden jerks to prevent Trains becoming detached.
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.