1962 Uniform Code of Operating Rules – Electric Staff Block System Rules

ELECTRIC STAFF BLOCK SYSTEM RULES

301. On portions of the railway so specified in the time table, or by special instructions, the use of the main track will be governed by the electric staff block system. Possession of a staff supersedes superiority of trains for train movements.

302. The movement of trains will, unless otherwise provided, be supervised by the train dispatcher who will issue instructions as required to operators or conductors.

303. Special instructions as may be necessary to govern this method of operation will be issued. Except as affected by such instructions and Rules 301 and 302, all Operating, ABS and Interlocking Rules remain in force.

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2021 Open House Cancelled

Due to Ontario being stuck in phase-3 of COVID reopening, it is with reluctance that the WRMRC executive has decided to cancel our 2021 Fall Open House which was scheduled for October 16th this year.

We had been procrastinating and hoping for better news from the province, but with the occupancy conditions currently in place our club could not reasonably hold a public event.

Phase-3 conditions require us to cap the capacity within our Quonset hut to 25 people, which would have to include the ten or so members volunteering to guide visitors and operate trains. Despite any limit our aisle-ways would prevent proper social distancing, and that cap would obviously cause line-ups before entry. There was also the matter of Ontario’s new vaccine passport system, something we would need to enforce and that none of us wish to police.

In closing, our club recommends you protect yourself and others by following the medical advice of your doctor, and to be vaccinated if you are able to. It is the only way forward for society to return to normal, and for train shows to happen again.

We are hopeful this will all be resolved by the end of March for our club to participate again in the 2022 Doubleheaders Layout Tour, and of course we fully expect to hold our Fall Open House again next October.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

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