TT&TO Rules

All B&O Chillicothe Sub (BORRCS) employees must carry the TT&TO rules with them while working on the railroad as it is useful to every job on the railroad.  Printed TT&TO rules are available at the session (you do not need to print) on the bottom of the wire rack near the throttles.  Pick up a copy of the Schedule, it has the TT&TO Rules printed on the back.

The BORRCS uses the Condensed Code of Operating Rules (CCOR): as our inspiration: The rules have been “model railroadized” for specifics on the B&O Chillicothe Sub.

We do not expect our crew to know the full CCOR.  So we provided the most important rules on this sheet.  For the enjoyment of all, it is expected that crew members will try to perform according to these rules.  It takes time to learn how and when to execute all the rules.  It is best to learn a little at a time.  Sign up for trains suited for your experience and desires.  Read Call Board for Train Crews page to learn about the complexity of the trains.

The following rules are for crews and should be known by all railroad personnel.

RULE 20:  The B&O Chillicothe sub does run sections.  All sections except the last one will display green signals (if possible) and a crew member wears a Green Lanyard.  The last section does not display signals and a crew member wears a Yellow Lanyard.

RULE 21: Extra Trains display white signals (if possible) and a crew member wears a White Lanyard.  Yard movements do not display signals and a crew member wears a Blue lanyard.

The B&O Chillicothe sub has significant amounts of both single and double track.  In the rules that follow, an S in front of the rule number indicates Single track and a D in front of the rule number indicates Double track.

RULE S-70:  First Class trains are superior to Second Class trains and extra trains.  Second Class trains are superior to opposing extra trains.   Eastbound schedule trains are superior to westbound scheduled trains of same class.  Extra trains are not superior to other extra trains by direction, only by order.

RULE D-70: First Class trains are superior to Second Class trains and extra trains in the same direction.  Second Class trains are not superior to extra trains in the same direction.   Opposing trains run on a different track so not of concern.

RULE 82: Timetable schedules for trains are in effect for 12 hours after their time at each station.  Scheduled trains more than 12 hours behind lose both right and schedule.  They require order to get them moving again.

RULE 83:  A train must ascertain if all trains due have arrived before passing a train register location.  The registers are on clipboards at or near the location.

RULE 83(A):  All scheduled trains must sign register after ascertaining they are clear to depart a register location.  Registers are located at Cincinnati BR tower, Loveland, Midland City, and Chillicothe.

RULE 83(B): A train must not leave its initial station without a Clearance form A which must include the OK.

RULE 85:  Two or more sections may be run for the same train schedule.

RULE 86:  Unless otherwise provided an inferior train must be in the clear of following first class trains by the time the first class train would depart the previous station to the rear.  Extra trains may run ahead of second class trains

RULE S-87:  An inferior train must clear the time of opposing trains by no less than 5 minutes.

RULE S-88:  At meeting points between extra trains the order must specify which train will take the siding.

RULE S-89: Unless otherwise provided by order, the inferior train must take the siding at meeting locations

RULE 91:  Trains or sections must follow no closer than 10 minutes to train ahead.  The B&O Chillicothe sub is ABS by prototype, but the N-scale version does not have signals.  In the spirit of ABS the crews of following trains should look ahead to not run into the rear of any train, even if they are the superior train.  Look ahead for opposing trains too, but only stop just short of cornfield meet and announce in your loudest voice to everyone if you believe the opposing train is in the wrong.  If you’re in the wrong, stop and ask for mercy.   If the dispatcher is in the wrong because he wrote an overlapping order than announce that too.  This is all for fun and learning…We will only learn through experience, mistake, discussion and laughs.

RULE 93:  Yard limits are indicated on the timetable and via sign on the layout.  Within yard limits the main track may be used, clearing first class trains when due to leave the last station where time is indicated in timetable.  Second class, extras, and yard engines must move within yard limits at restricted speed ready to stop.

RULE 97:  Extra trains must be authorized by order and receive clearance form A at originating location.  Cincinnati yard switch jobs require verbal clearance from Loveland operator (not clearance from A) to depart Cincinnati BR tower, move onto main at NA tower and depart Oakley.

RULE 99:  When train is moving in manner that another train might unexpectedly encounter it, than the train must dispatch red flags.  For example, a crew might flag for an opposing train on single track, or first class train in yard limits.

RULE 104:  Crews must return all turnouts to the green position after passing through.  For manual turnouts, green and red dots exist on the throw.  Green should be showing.

RULE D-151:  On double track, trains must keep to the right.  This is most important when going from single to double track for westbound trains at Loveland and eastbound trains at Chillicothe and eastbound and westbound trains at Midland City.  Double track locations are marked in timetable.