Watch out ! There's an APT about
The following is reproduced from a
leaflet titled "Watch out ! There's an
APT about on the West Coast Main Line".
From January 28th 1980 the Advanced Passenger
Train will be running on sections of, or throughout, the main/fast
lines of the West Coast Main Line between Euston and Gretna at
speeds of up to 125 mph. It also runs faster than other trains
over certain Permanent Speed Restrictions.
All staff working on or about the line must be alert
for the APT running at these higher speeds.
Attention is specially drawn to the reduced time available
from sighting the APT until it reaches you.
The essential points to remember are:-
- If you are patrolling or inspecting you need to
see the train or receive a warning in time to walk to a
position you can see to be safe with a reasonable margin
before the train reaches you.
If you are working with anything but the lightest tools/equipment
you need at least 25 seconds warning, remember that the
APT can cover almost a mile in this time.
- A place of safety is one which allows at least 6ft
6ins (2 metres) between you and the nearest rail.
See the Rule Book, Section 8 Clause 5.3 If there is
insufficient room at the point at which you are working
see that you have enough warning time to get to the
nearest safe place. Where required, lookoutmen must be
positioned to ensure that they can provide the necessary
warning and full use should be made of portable warning
equipment (PeeWee) where available.
See Rule Book, Section P (and Departmental Instructions).
- Locations with Fixed Warning Equipment
Make sure you understand how it works and how to use it.
Ask your Supervisor if you have any doubts.
- If you do not regularly work on the track be
particularly careful - you are just as much at risk
This, for example, applies to train crews, shunting
staff, C&W Examiners or anyone using a trackside
Work is still in progress on measures to improve
lineside safety throughout the route -
- Cesses - Cleared and widened to provide
- Cuttings & Embankments - Refuges and
safe standing places are being constructed
- Tunnels - Refuges are being improved
- Fixed Audible Warning Systems - Are to
be provided in all tunnels and at some other locations
Staff will be advised locally where this work has not been
completed and of the interim precautions to be observed.
REMEMBER APT IS ABOUT-
TAKE EXTRA CARE
by R G Latham