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Rule 19. Marker and Rear End Lights

The following rules for the use of Marker and Rear End Lights are taken from the rule book titled Consolidated Code of Operating Rules - Revised 1959 to take effect December 1, 1959.
Rule 19.
Unless otherwise provided, the following signals must be displayed in the places provided to the rear of every train, as markers, to indicate the rear of the train:

By day, marker lamps lighted or unlighted, or green flags;

By night, marker lights lighted, displaying green to the front and side and red to the rear, except when train is clear of main track, green must be displayed to front side and rear.

One marker displayed will indicate the same as two but the display of two is required.

Exception: That part of this rule requiring markers to display green to rear when clear of main track does not apply in CTC territory.
Rule D-19.
By night, when train is turned out against the current of traffic, marker lamps lighted must display green to the front, side, and rear on the side next to the main track on which current of traffic is in the direction the train is moving, and red to the rear on the opposite side.
Rule 19 (A).
A train not equipped to display the prescribed markers, will display a red flag by day and a red light by night, to indicate the rear of the train, except when clear of main track, a white light instead of a red light will be displayed.

EXCEPTION: The red light will not be replaced with a white light in CTC territory.
Rule 19 (B).
When the rear of a train is equipped with built-in markers or electric signal lights, they must be lighted by day and by night and the requirement that markers display green to front and side will not apply.
Rule 19 (C).
Unless otherwise provided, train crews arriving at terminals must continue the display of markers until the train has been delivered to connecting crew or is clear of main track and switch is properly lined.
Rule 19 (D).
On passenger trains so equipped, red rear end light, when not operated automatically must, unless otherwise provided, be displayed in oscillating position from sunset to sunrise and when day signals cannot be seen due to weather or other conditions.  It must also be displayed in oscillating position by day when the train is moving under circumstances in which it may be overtaken by another train, or other emergency conditions require.  Its use does not in any way relieve members of the crew from compliance with Rules 99 and 102.

Red rear end light must be extinguished when train is clear of main track or when train is to be switched from the rear.
Rule 19 (E).
When markers of a train ahead display red to the rear, or when red rear end light is displayed in oscillating position, a following train on the same or adjacent track must approach prepared to stop short of rear of preceding train.  If rear of preceding train is clear of the track being used, the following train must then proceed at restricted speed until it is seen that the entire train ahead is clear of the track being used, except that in CTC territory, the following train will be governed by signal indication.