Safety Rules

Adopted June 2005

  1. All safety inspections on equipment shall be preformed by the Operating Superintendent/Safety inspector or other assistants. The Operating Superintendent and the Safety Inspector be appointed by the Board of Directors.
  2. The Operating Superintendent/Safety Inspector or their assistants will have the final say as to whether an engine is allowed to run or not.
  3. The Operating Superintendent/Safety Inspector shall keep a log of all inspections, listing items inspected and condition. If an item is rejected or an engine is not allowed to run, the reason will be fully explained on the report.
  4. Cars and tenders ridden by the engineer must be securely coupled to the engine by chain or drawbar that will not uncouple.
    1. All boilers will require a valid boiler certificate from R.L.S. Or other recognized club before being steamed on R.L.S. Property.
    2. Boiler must be inspected and certified on an annual basis. Certification will become void after any welding, soldering, drilling and/or tapping has been preformed on a boiler. It must be reinspected and tested to recertify existing tags. The Operating Superintendent/Safety inspector or their assistants will test if the boiler meets club standards. There will be a thirty (30) day grace period for annual boiler inspection.

  5. All equipment will meet the wheel standards as outlined in this rule book.
  6. Listed below are items that must be complied with before an engine will be allowed to run on R.L.S. Tracks.
    1. Boilers will be tested at 50% above operating pressure, but not less than 150 psi.
    2. Boilers will be provided with a pressure test fitting for 1/8” NPT.
    3. Two or more sources shall be used to feed water in to the boiler, either which must be adequate for full boiler requirements.
    4. The safety valve or valves must have the capacity to discharge all the steam generated by the boiler without allowing the pressure to rise more than 5% above maximum pressure.
    5. Boilers using solid fuel shall have an ash pan constructed to prevent hot coals from dropping out onto the track.
    6. Locomotives using LPG fuel must have interlocking chains for any connecting fuel line
    7. Blowing down of boilers must be done outside the steaming area.
    8. The bottom of the water glass will be located a minimum of 1/2 " above the top of the crown sheet for 1 1/2" scale. If a gauge is less than these dimensions the bottom of the glass must be blocked off to these dimensions by painting or covering with a sleeve. All water gauges will have a blow down valve.*

      (* this rule was inadvertently dropped from the last two publications of the Rules Book and will be provided as a supplement in the 03/2007 Chronicle)

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