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These instructions appeared in the Appendix to the Working Time Table, dated 1st May, 1915.
OBAN-Goods Station-Controlling of Trains.-Drivers of all Down Goods, Mineral, or Live Stock Trains, must not uncouple their Engines from the Train on arrival at Oban Goods Junction, until they are satisfied the Brakesman has put on his Van Brake, and, if necessary, pinned down a sufficient number of Wagon Brakes to ensure the Train passing safely into the Goods Yard over the falling gradient.
Removing Wagons or other Vehicles from Oban Passenger Station or Pier to Goods Yard or vice versa.-When Wagons or other Vehicles are being taken from the Passenger Station or Pier to the Goods Yard a Brake Van must always form the last Vehicle, and the Shunter or man in charge must travel therein. Also when Wagons or other Vehicles are being brought from the Pier to the Station, or vice versa, a man with a sufficient number of Sprags must always ride on the rear Vehicle.
When it is necessary to propel Wagons or other Vehicles on the Down Line from Oban Goods Junction Box to the Pier Sidings at Oban Station Box, the Signalman at Oban Goods Junction must keep his points set for the Goods Yard until he receives the "Line Clear" Signal from Oban Station Box, and in order that such Trains may be known to the Signalman at Oban Station Box, a special "Is Line Clear?" Signal of seven beats, thus 2 pause 3 pause 2, must be given by the Signalman at Oban Goods Junction Box, and on receipt of such a Signal the Signalman at Oban Station Box must, before accepting it, set his points for the Pier Sidings in order that the Passenger Station may be protected. The number of Wagons so propelled must no [sic] exceed 10, and a Brake Van, with Brakesman in it, must be the leading Vehicle.
Passenger Station-Shunting of Carriages.-When Carriages are being backed from any of the Station Docks towards the Up Line the Engine must not be detached from the Carriages until they have been brought to a stand on the Up Line, and the Driver has satisfied himself that the Shunter has applied the Hand Brakes, after which the Engine will be detached and taken clear, when the Empty Carriages will be run cautiously into the Station or Pier Sidings by means of the Hand Brakes; the Air Brake to be used in case of necessity only.
Every precaution must be taken in the marshalling of Trains that the Carriages do not become detached, and, as far as possible, all marshalled or made-up Trains must be pushed back to the Station Platform by the Engine attached.
Special Regulations for Working Light Engines back on the Wrong or Up Line from Oban Goods Junction Box to Oban Station Box.-The following instructions must be strictly adhered to by all concerned:-
Under no circumstances must any Vehicle other than a Light Engine be worked back the Wrong Line.
Wrong Line working must not be resorted to except when the Down Line is occupied, or when a Train is on the Section from Glencruitten and the Up Line clear, and it is necessary to send a Light Engine from the Goods Junction to the Passenger Station on the Up Line to prevent delay.
When the Signalman at Oban Goods Junction requires to send a Light Engine back on the Wrong Line to Oban Passenger Station, he must give the "Attention" Signal (1 Beat), and when it has been acknowledged by being repeated, he must give the prescribed Signal (1-2-1) on the Ringing Key of the Block Instrument. If the Signalman at Oban Station Box is prepared to receive the Light Engine on the Up Line he must repeat the Signal.
The Skeleton Shunting Signal, which is controlled by both Signalmen, must then be drawn, and the man at Oban Goods Junction must inform the Driver of the Light Engine that he is to go back on the Wrong Line, and instruct him to proceed cautiously as far as Oban Station Signal Box
The Shunting Signal must be put to Danger immediately the Light Engine passes it.
On the Light Engine arriving at Oban Station Signal Box, and the Section being again clear, the Signalman there must give the prescribed Signal (2-1-1) to Oban Goods Junction; the Signalman there must repeat it, and working can then go on as usual.
A Small Locking Frame of Two Levers is fixed outside the Carriage Siding about 240 yards Northwards from the Signal Box.
A Small Locking Frame of Four Levers is fixed between Nos. 3 and 4 Dock Lines about 354 yards Northwards from the Signal Box.
These Frames are controlled by Electric Lock from the Signal Box.
Bell Communication between Signal Box and two small Dwarf Frames at Carriage Siding and end of Nos. 3 and 4 Dock Lines.
Repeat, Amend, and Cancelling Signals same as for Block Working.