GCOR Rules Clarification Question

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Beverlyhelper

beverlyhelper
I'd like anyone's insight into the difference between general orders, circulars, instructions, and notices. The GCOR says:

1.3.2 General Orders

General orders:
Are numbered consecutively.
Are issued and canceled by the designated manager.
Contain only information and instructions related to rules or operating practices.
Replace any rule, special instruction, or regulation that conflicts with the general order.
Before beginning each day's work or trip, trainmen, enginemen, and any others whose duties require, must review general orders that apply to the territory they will work on.

1.3.3 Circulars, Instructions, and Notices

Circulars, instructions, notices, and other information are issued and canceled by the designated manager. Before beginning each day's work or trip, trainmen, enginemen, and any others whose duties require, must review those that apply to the territory they will work on.

We got into a substantial discussion today on the tourist line I work for as to what is the appropriate form to issue information in. If a car is taken out of service for a day or two, is that a notice, a circular or an instruction? Would appreciate any help in sorting this out.
 

RailroadJeep

The Herder Himself
For us on BNSF, restrictions on cars for train placement, speed restrictions, etc., are listed in the system special instructions and modified by general order. As for cars being out of service, we don't get that sort of thing listed in the general order/notice/instructions. But for a shortline type of operation, I'd imagine information like that would be best issued in a general notice.

FWIW: our general orders are used to modify things like rules, timetables stuff like speeds, radio channels and what not. General Notices provide supplementary information like practices for a specific yard on where to setout cars, or instructions on what a particular job does.
 

roee

Active Member
G.O. Modify rules. Notices can give information.

The hierarchy of rules are as follows in GCOR.

Manual Directives
Form A,B,C's
Subdivision General Orders
Time Tables
SSI General Orders
SSI's
GCOR
 




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