Near the line of command guard to run the train
The Ministry of Railways has made it mandatory for loco pilots to take the approval of the guard before starting the train, amending the general rules.
Although the signal is green to start the train, the loco pilot will have to wait for the approval of the guard, who will ensure to start the train after getting information from the station master.
The provisions of section '4.35' on the Commencement of Trains of the Indian Railways (Open Line) General (First Amendment) Rules, 2022 have been recently amended by a gazette notification. Under which a loco pilot shall not start his train without the right to proceed from now on.
Before starting the train, the loco pilot shall satisfy himself that all correct fixed signals and, where necessary, hand signals have been given and that the line ahead is free from visible obstructions and that the guard has signalled over wireless communication to proceed. /confirmation given.
The Station Master will approve the Guard to start the train after ensuring that the activities like water filling, unloading and cleaning have been completed.
According to the amended rule "the guard shall not signal for the giving of a start signal unless he has satisfied himself that, except on special instructions, no person is travelling on the roof of any compartment or vehicle". which is not intended for the use of passengers”.
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