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NGE 202 Handsignals

This document describes the requirements for giving and responding to handsignals.

Version 4.0, 29 April 2017

Description

This document describes the requirements for giving and responding to handsignals.

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Purpose

To prescribe the rules for giving and responding to handsignals used in the Network.


Principle

Giving handsignals

Handsignals must be given:

  • in a clear and timely manner, and
  • so that they will be received and acted upon only by those who are being signalled.

A Handsignaller must:

  • be in or have access to a safe place, and
  • be in clear view of those who are being signalled, and
  • as required, have effective communication with Signallers or Protection Officers.

Responding to handsignals

If the meaning of a handsignal is not understood, Drivers and Track Vehicle Operators must stop to find out the meaning.

Drivers and Track Vehicle Operators must:

  • obey handsignals, and
  • acknowledge handsignals other than shunting handsignals.

Handsignalling

Handsignals must be given using:

  • flags or hands during daylight, and
  • lights during darkness and low visibility .

A handsignal must be continued:

  • for the PROCEED and CAUTION handsignal, until the cab of the leading rail vehicle has passed the Handsignaller, and
  • for STOP handsignals, until the rail traffic has stopped.

If at a signal, a Handsignaller must:

  • be able to see whether the signal is at STOP, and
  • if rail traffic is required to stop, give a STOP handsignal until rail traffic has stopped.

If the signal being held at STOP clears, the Handsignaller must:

  • tell the Signaller to set the signal at STOP, and
  • tell the Protection Officer, if provided.

A Handsignaller must stand well away from signals if:

  • rail traffic is not required to stop, or
  • not signalling at a signal.

STOP handsignals

Drivers and Track Vehicle Operators must stop their trains or track vehicles if they, or other crew members, receive a STOP handsignal given by:

  • a red flag, or
  • a red light, or
  • both hands held high.

ALL CLEAR handsignals

Drivers or Track Vehicle Operators must sound the whistle to acknowledge an ALL CLEAR handsignal given by:

  • a white light, or
  • one hand held high.

DANGER handsignals

Drivers or Track Vehicle Operators must stop their trains or track vehicles immediately if they, or other crew members, receive a DANGER handsignal given by vigorous waving of arms, a flag or a light.


General handsignals

The following diagrams show the handsignals that must be used in the Network.

STOP

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Steady red flag
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Steady red light
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Both hands held high

PROCEED AT CAUTION

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Wave green flag slowly
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Wave green light slowly
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Wave arm slowly

PROCEED AT NORMAL SPEED

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Steady green flag
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Steady green light

ALL CLEAR - I am aware of your approach

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Steady white light
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One hand held up

Shunting handsignals

Shunting handsignals must be given as necessary until the end of the planned movement.

MOVE AWAY

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Swing white light backwards and forwards beside the body
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Move hand and forearm in circular motion

MOVE AWAY AT CAUTION

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Swing green light backwards and forwards beside the body
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Move one hand and forearm in circular motion, with other hand raised high

MOVE TOWARDS ME

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Wave white light slowly
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Wave arm slowly overhead

MOVE TOWARDS ME AT CAUTION

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Wave green light slowly
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Wave one arm slowly over head, with other hand raised high