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Rule 17.  Headlights

The following rules for the use of Headlights are taken from the rule book titled Consolidated Code of Operating Rules - Revised 1959 to take effect December 1, 1959.

Rule 17.
The headlight must be displayed burning bright to the front of every train by day and by night.

It must be extinguished when a train has stopped clear of the main track to meet a train, or is standing to meet a train at the end of double or three or more tracks, or at a junction.

At night, when an engine is backing without cars or is backing pulling cars, a white light must be displayed in the direction of movement.
Rule S-17.
When a train is to take a siding to meet an opposing train, and the headlight of the train which is to take siding fails before train is clear of main track, or if view of headlight is obscured by cars or other obstructions, a member of the crew must be immediately sent ahead on main track to stop opposing train until main track is clear.

Until the headlight of a train turned out to meet another train is extinguished, it is an indication that the main track is obstructed.  The opposing train must approach prepared to stop before passing the headlight and if the head end of train is clear of the main track, may proceed only at restricted speed to the point where the main track may be obstructed.

Exception: Rule S-17 does not apply in CTC territory.
Rule 17 (A).
When the headlight fails enroute, a white light must be used in its place, the bell rung continuously while moving, the whistle sounded frequently, and the train dispatcher notified at the first opportunity.
Rule 17 (B).
Except in foggy or stormy weather, or when closely approaching or passing over public crossings at grade, or when other conditions make it inadvisable, headlight must be dimmed under conditions outlined below:

In yards where engines are employed and at stations where switching is being done;

When closely moving behind or when standing behind another train;

On double or three tracks when approaching train in the opposite direction;

In CTC territory, when meeting train and it is not necessary to stop for opposing train;

While standing on main track awaiting arrival of an approaching train that is to take siding, but not until approaching train dims its headlight as a signal for the standing train to do likewise;

When passing engine or rear of train, to afford identification of moving train;

Approaching stations where train orders or messages are to be handed up by operator;

At other times to permit passing of signals or when the safety of employees or others requires.

Rule 17 (C).
On engines so equipped, oscillating white headlight must be displayed by night and any time weather or other conditions impair visibility.  It must be extinguished when the headlight is dimmed or extinguished.

Oscillating white light should be used in a stationary position as a substitute headlight in case of failure of the headlight.

Rule 17 (D).
On engine so equipped, oscillating red headlight must be displayed immediately by day or by night under the following conditions:

When a train is disabled or stopped suddenly by an emergency application of air brakes;

When engineer or conductor finds it necessary to stop train due to some defect which might cause an accident;

When an adjacent track is obstructed or there is a possibility of it being obstructed;

When head end protection is required.

When red headlight is displayed, an opposing train on same or adjacent track must stop before passing headlight, ascertain the cause and be governed by conditions.

The use of oscillating red headlight does not in any way relieve members of the crew from compliance with Rules 99 and 102.

Rule 18.
Yard engines will display the headlight to the front and rear by nightand at any time the view is obscured by storm or fog.  The headlight on the end that is coupled to cars may be dimmed or extinguished while so coupled.

At night, when not provided with a headlight, a white light must be displayed.