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Re: Rights of trains Question for Doug Hefty
Posted by Doug Hefty on 1/27/2015, 2:48 pm, in reply to "Re: Rights of trains Question for Doug Hefty"
Yes, you are correct--it varied by railroad rules. On the C&O and some others, the meet order had to state which train would take siding. On some other railroads, the "superior" direction rule applied, and they only used the take siding addition if they wanted the train the "superior" direction to take the siding. The GTW rule book used to have this rule: "Extra trains will be governed by train orders with respect to opposing extra trains. At meeting points between extra trains trains the train in the inferior timetable direction must take the siding unless otherwise provided." Sorry for my use of that example on the C&O order--it did not apply on the C&O because of the "take siding" requirement on every meet order. So, as far as model train operation goes, both parties could be correct depending upon what rules you are using. The majority of railroads used the superior direction rule for meets between extra trains. In my opinion, the "take siding" requirement adds an extra layer of safety.
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