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CSX Modifies 2 Operating Rules

July 16, 2017

CSX is overhauling its operating rules to abolish the use of brake sticks and three-point protection, Trains magazine has reported.

The magazine reported Friday on its website that it had obtained a copy of a bulletin telling crews that it was revising Safe Way Rule 2104.1 and will now ban the use of brake sticks.

The report quoted sources within the railroad as saying that brake sticks can be difficult to locate in sidings or at rail yards and taking time to find them might be seen by the current management as inefficient.

The notice abandoning three-step projection was sent out last month. Conductors or other operators will only have to receive a verbal radio transmission from the engineer that the train will not be moved until an inspection or work task is complete.

Three-step protection is used by many railroads to determine when it is safe for a crew member to go between, behind, or under railroad equipment.

During three-step protection procedure, the locomotive engineer applies the train’s automatic and independent brakes, places the reverser into the neutral position, and opens the generator field switch.

“As part of an ongoing comprehensive review of company operations, CSX continues to make rule changes across its network, including changes to operating rules, to improve safety, efficiency and service to customers,” said CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle in response to the Trains report. “As these operational changes are made, CSX managers are communicating with employees and conducting additional training in the field as necessary.”