(LAST REVISION: summer 2002 )
This Internet version is for
reference only. The official rules of operation for the Lake Shore
Live Steamers and the GM&O RR can be obtained from the Safety
Visiting engines are always welcome to operate on the GM&O (Glen
Meadow and Orchard) Railroad. Please read the trackage
During most of our operating sessions we haul the public, and while
not required to do so, visiting engineers are welcome to haul the public
if they wish. Please notice our schedule
for public runs
Since the public is so prominent in our operations, we have adopted many
safety rules. All trains must conform !
Some of the rules you should be aware of before visiting are as follows:
Wheels / Gauges: All engines, locomotives and rolling stock
shall be compatible to IBLS
standards for all gauges.
Flexibility: Flexibility tests of trucks of unloaded rolling
stock shall apply as follows:
1/4" for 7-1/2" gauge
1/8" for 4-3/4" and 3-1/2" gauge
Coupling: When operating on LSLS trackage all equipment
which is coupled with functional couplers shall have safety chains attached
adjacent to the couplers. Use of draw bars shall be permitted without
safety chains. Draw bars shall not exceed one (1) foot in length.
Boilers: All operated steam locomotives shall have a current
valid certificate issued by a Mini-Rail member club or a state issued
certificate. Visiting locomotives without the certificate must have a
boiler test conducted by a member of the
LSLS boiler safety committee, which is valid only for the visit. (Advanced
arrangements should be made if a test is required).
Spark Arrestors: All coal, wood or oil fired
steam locomotives operated on LSLS trackage shall be equipped with smoke
box screens or spark
arrestors. When conditions permit exceptions may be made by the Operations
Safety Committee, Officers or Trustees. (This rule is generally suspended
if the engine does not produce a great deal of sparks and conditions
are not dry).
Brakes: Trains which are hauling nonmembers shall consist
of not more than three (3) cars without active brakes. A non-riding caboose
may be added.
Lights: When operating during periods of limited visibility
or evenings, a headlight (white) must be shown to the front of the engine,
and a marker (red) must be shown to the rear of the train.
Communications: Most members use two-way radios to communicate
with their crew, other members and safety inspectors. We use either Motorola's
(7) channel "FRS Band" radio or Midland's (14) channel "FRS
Band" radio. Although a radio is not required to operate on the GM&O,
it is highly recommended Radios are mainly used for safety, emergencies,
and bi-directional operations.
Courtesy: General behavior and courtesy to others should
reflect the clubs dedication to family values. Our public is very special
Every locomotive that is to leave the steaming bays or the new yard must
contact the Yardmaster before
*If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to our operation or