Guards on trains

1 – On trains with two or more passenger-carrying trucks there must be a Guard, passed as competent by two Directors of the Society, equipped with a whistle and a 2-way radio

2 – The duties of Guards are to observe the behaviour of passengers and warn the Driver, via the 2-way radio, of any likelihood of danger imminent from whatever cause.

3 – Repeated short blasts on the whistle mean that the train should stop as quickly as possible, if the radio fails. Drivers must obey these signals unless they feel it would cause added danger to that already present.

4 – Should a train fail at any point around either track, the first responsibility of the Guard is to warn any following trains of the obstruction. If no Guard is on the train then this becomes the Driver’s first responsibility. Consideration must be given as to whether removing passengers would increase the risk.

5 – The Guard must ensure that all passengers are seated safely and only then signal the driver that it is safe to depart.

6 – Warnings to passengers before setting off should include: no leaning out; remain seated with arms & legs inside the carriage or on footboards as appropriate; remain on the train until asked to disembark