218.107 Additional operational requirements for hand-operated crossover switches.§ 218.107 Additional operational requirements for hand-operated crossover switches.
(a) Each railroad shall adopt and comply with an operating rule which complies with the requirements of this section. When any person including, but not limited to, each railroad, railroad officer, supervisor, and employee violates any requirement of an operating rule which complies with the requirements of this section, that person shall be considered to have violated the requirements of this section.
(b) Hand-operated crossover switches, generally. Both hand-operated switches of a crossover shall be properly lined before rolling and on-track maintenance-of-way equipment begins a crossover movement. A crossover movement shall be completed before either hand-operated crossover switch is restored to normal position.
(c) Correspondence of hand-operated crossover switches. Hand-operated crossover switches shall be left in corresponding position except when:
(1) Used to provide blue signal protection under § 218.27 of this part; or
(2) Used for inaccessible track protection under § 214.327 of this chapter; or
(3) Performing maintenance, testing or inspection of crossover switches in traffic control system (TCS) territory; or
(4) One crew is using both tracks connected by the crossover during continuous switching operations.