Special Instructions & Timetable


  • Northward trains are superior to trains of the same class in the opposite direction
  • Layout direction
    • Clockwise = NORTHWARD (towards the East)
    • Counter-clockwise = SOUTHWARD (towards the West)


  • Trainman to hand line all switches and verify point position
  • All switches are to be returned to Normal position when work completed and leaving area
    • White = Normal route
    • Red = Diverging route
  • Trainman to use picks when uncoupling cars
  • OPTIONAL: Many cars [eventually all] are equipped with magnetically operating air hoses; trainman may connect these for additional realism using the notched end of the wand
  • Derail device is located in Millers at the Shapiro’s Scrap Metal spur; trainman to return derail to protected position when work completed and leaving area


  • All trains may carry passengers, stopping passenger carriage or caboose at station platforms
    • Regular station stops are noted in the Employee Timetable
    • Passengers may also be carried when train is flagged to stop
  • All freight trains beyond yard limits shall run with a caboose
    • This rule can be superseded at the Superintendent’s discretion


  • Headlight should be illuminated on all moving engines
  • Ring engine bell when approaching or moving about station facilities
  • Use caution when approaching public grade crossings and sound whistle and bell
    • Bell ring may cease when front of engine enters the public grade crossing
  • Protect public grade crossings with flagman or fusees when necessary
  • Do not block public grade crossings for more than 10 minutes when switching


Instructions and Rules for government of crews operating Steamer Ste. Genevieve and engines serving the steamer:

Aligning Boat

  • Before any movement of the boat, trainman shall first ascertain that all tracks have blue flags set and secured to prevent car movement

Loading & Unloading Boat

  • The center track is worked first to avoid capsizing the boat
  • Before pulling cars off boat, trainman shall first ascertain that track on boat is properly lined with track on apron and that the blue flag has been removed
  • Engine speed must not exceed 4 MPH while shoving and pulling cars off boat


  • Boat engine or cars shall not stand on apron when boat is landing or backing away from the apron
  • In serving the boat, engine must always be headed up the incline; ie, it must back down the incline at all times
  • Idler car must always be used while engine is serving the boat
  • Maximum boat tonnage is 12 cars (maximum of 4 per track)


  • Crews must inspect moving trains for defects such as mismatched coupler heights, dragging glad hands, broken details or other unsafe conditions
    • If defects are found, trainman shall notify crew and pink-tag the offending car with a Bad Order slip (available in waybill boxes) and place in Car Card packet
  • Equipment in need of repair is to be left at the nearest company track; avoid leaving bad ordered equipment on private sidings or spurs whenever possible
  • Notify Superintendent immediately for serious issues


  • Northward trains should stop between the depot and the bridge to request clearance from the Yardmaster before entering Middle Yard
  • Yard limits extend southward from the Boat to Mosher
  • Maximum tonnage depends upon the train; see the Form 19 orders for each train
  • With clearance, Boat Job crew and Yardmaster may use the Thomure or Middle Yard Main A/D tracks as needed
  • While switching at Thomure and Middle Yard, crews should remain in their respective yard until clearance is received; yards are easily distinguished by different color ballast

The M-I Railroad provides the following Employee Timetable, effective April 1, 1951, for use by all operators. Extra trains will be assigned when necessary.

The Wye at Thomure has been replaced by a Turntable.