Based in the London Borough of Bromley (Hayes area)

Operating Regulations


1. Wherever possible trains should be signalled to the box in advance well before the time for departure indicated in the timetable.  This period should be anything between 5 minutes and 30 seconds

2. Reading the timetable 15 – 20 minutes in advance of the ‘current’ time will assist in anticipating potential delays – ie to shunt goods trains as required

3. Express passenger trains take priority over local stopping trains.  All passenger trains take priority over goods trains.  Shunting must never delay other timetabled movements

4. The bell code ‘Train Out Of Section’ should always be given to the box in the rear once the train is clear of the first electrical track section in the section.  Thus it would be possible for the box in the rear to signal a further train and for that train to be received onto a vacant track section

5. The ‘Line Blocked’ indication should be left on only when it is not possible to accept a further train due to the first track section being blocked

6. A train may be signalled on before it is signalled by the preceding signalbox.  When this is done but a different train is signalled by the preceding box than that which was signalled on (ie train running out of order etc), the bell code ‘Cancel Last Bell Code’ should be sent and acknowledged.  The correct bell code can then be sent

7. Signal codes should be sent carefully with appropriate pauses between beats and should be answered promptly, particularly ‘Call Attention’

8. When the ‘Line Blocked’ indication is showing from the next box, the bell code ‘Call Attention’ should be sent once only to remind the signalman that the indicator is still lit.  Should the indication remain showing, the bell code for ‘Use Telephones (intercom) should be sent and the reason for the delay ascertained


Trains should be driven in a prototypical manner, starting slowly and building up speed.

1. ‘Local’ goods trains equivalent speed 15 – 20 mph

2. Set goods trains and local passenger trains equivalent speed 40 – 50 mph

3. Express passenger trains equivalent speed 70 – 80 mph.

At Rusper, trains are signalled from one station signalbox to the next using morse code tappers and bell pushes to operate bells and buzzers. A train running the full length of the layout will be passed on from one signalbox to another several times. Operating regulations have ben drafted to standardise operating procedures and therefore reduce delays during operating sessions.  The regulations should be considered mandatory by signalmen when operating.