Restricted Speed

Restricted Speed is the hot topic on the railroad. Due to an increase in rear end collisions, special attention is being focused on crews knowing the requirements of restricted speed. There has been 3 accidents on the UPRR where crews were operating at restricted speed and one rear end collision accident still under investigation, with fatalities, on the BNSF. As one handout about restricted speed states “If your answer is 20MPH, you realy don’t understand restricted speed. The key sentence in this rule is movement must be made at a speed that allows stopping within half the range of vision short of : Basically anything. In some cases restricted speed may only be 1 or 2 mph”. Depending on weather, time of day or night, grade,

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