Transport Canada imposed stricter rules for securing unattended trains by issuing an emergency directive which set a standard on the number of applied handbrakes and a subsequent directive which also required additional physical securement measures to prevent runaway trains.
The updated Rule 112 formalizes the provisions set out in the emergency directive and makes them permanent as well as more detailed. “The new rules provide industry with a comprehensive handbrake application chart to respond to various operating situations, which once applied, must be confirmed by another employee with the appropriate level of knowledge. Railway equipment must be secured by additional physical measures listed in the rules,” Transport Canada said.
Rules had previously been amended to require the locomotive cabin to be locked and immobilized whenever a train is left unattended to prevent unauthorized entry.