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Hand and Lantern Signals

Video of Rule Rule Wording
All Moving
Rule 1744
1744 - All Moving. One arm extended with fingers opened, moving in a "Queen Elizabeth" style wave. Movement is at the wrist.
Clear Red Zone
Rule 1736
1736 - - Ground Crew Clear Red Zone. Establish eye contact with engine crew, extend arms in front of body facing engine crew, fingers are "hanging down" and shaken as if to remove water from them.
Come to Me / Go Away from Me
Rules 1731 and 1732
1731 - Come to Me. As if motioning a person to come toward you.
1732 - Go Away from Me. As if motioning a person to go away from you.
Couple Up
Rule 1741
1741 - Couple Up. Conductor and brakeman's acknowledgement Linked hands clasped directly over the head.
Easy
Rule 1733
1733 - Easy. Arms are extended and brought to vertical and then returned. An engineer receiving an "Easy" signal will reduce speed by one half.
Engine Crew Clear Red Zone
Rule 1737
1737 - Engine Crew Acknowledgment of Ground Crew's Clear of Red Zone Signal. One handed wave out the cab window.
General Acknowledgment Signal
Rule 1745
1745 - Highball , Highball the Air, General Acknowledgment Signal. Uses the same signal as all moving. It's basically an acknowledgement signal that the signal or message was understood or the proper response was obtained or observed.
Getting On
Rule 1749
1749 - Getting on Moving Equipment. Arms are extended to sides at waist level with palms facing up. Palms are moved upward two times.
Hand Signal Video
 
Highball, Highball the Air
Rule 1744
1744 - All Moving. One arm extended with fingers opened, moving in a "Queen Elizabeth" style wave. Movement is at the wrist.
Lantern Signals
Rules 1770, 1771, 1772 and 1773
Rules 1770, 1771, 1772 and 1773
1770 - Lantern Stop. Lantern is swung at a right angle to the track. For an emergency stop, swing violently.
1771 - Lantern Ahead. Lantern is raised and lowered vertically 2 times. The person giving this signal must know which direction the engine is facing before giving the signal.
1772 - Lantern Back Up. Lantern is swung in a circle 2 times at right angle to the track. The person giving this signal must know which direction the engine is facing before giving the signal.
1773 - Lantern Easy. Lantern is swung in slight arc overhead one cycle.
Line Switch and Line Behind
Rules 1746 and 1747
1746 - Line Switch. Arm extended with index finger pointed down and moved in a circular motion.
1747 - Line Switch Behind. The Line Switch signal followed by moving the same hand around and patting the lower back.
Pass Movement Control to Another Crew Member   
Rule 1740
1740 - Pass Movement Control to Another Crew Member. Extend arms with index fingers pointing at the crew member who is to assume control of movement. The second crew member acknowledges with the Highball/General Acknowledgement Signal (rule 1745) and assumes control of movement.
Pin
Rule 1742
1742 - Pin. Raise one fist with thumb pointed up.
Red Zone
Rule 1734
1734 - Going into Red Zone. This signal is given OVER the level of the head, at a right angle to the line of sight of the engineer or engine crew member receiving your signal, and with the thumbs pointing downward. Before going between cares or engines your MUST wait for an acknowledgment of this signal from the engineer or engine crew member receiving your signal.
The Red Zone signal is not a relayable signal. Only the person requesting the Red Zone should signal the engineer.
Set and Centered
Rule 1735
1735 - Engine Crew "Set and Centered". One arm is fully extended out the cab window with thumb pointing down.
Set / Release Brake
Rules 1738 and 1739
1738 - Set the Brakes. One hand is moved back and forth on a horizontal plane in a straight line as if "setting the table." This signal is usually used to conduct a brake test prior to a train being moved.
1739 - Release the Brakes. One hand is moved up and down.
Set / Release Hand Brake
Rule 1748
1748 - Set/Release Hand Brake. Hands in front of body and moved like turning a steering wheel back and forth.
Stop
Rule 1730
1730 - Stop. Swing arms at a right angle to the line of sight of the engineer or engine crew member receiving your signals. For an emergency stop, swing arms violently.
Stretch
Rule 1743
1743 - Stretch. A smaller version of a "Go Away from Me" where it looks like you are flicking water off the end of your fingers.
Tie Down & Shutdown Locomotive
Rule 1750
1750 - Tie Down & Shutdown Locomotive. While facing the engine crew, hold both fists at chest height in front of, and close to, the body with thumbs pointing up.
Tying On Example
 


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