Rules of the Pennsylvania Live Steamers
Following rules of proper behavior is not only common sense, but keeps
you and your family and guests from serious danger. Bad behavior threatens your safety.
We ask that you and those with you respect our rules.
Rules for Engineers of Locomotives 2½-Inch Gauge and Larger
Approved by the PLS Membership April 20, 2002
- An engineer must be familiar with the track layout and the meaning of signals before
- If he does not have this familiarity, an engineer who does must accompany him until
he gains such familiarity.
- An engineer must understand, respect, and adhere to established signal rules.
- The engineer must be completely familiar with the locomotive he is operating.
- An engineer must make a running brake test to be certain that he has fully effective
brakes before entering the main line.
- A locomotive in service, or ready for service, must not be left unattended.
- At all times a train must proceed at a speed no greater than that which will permit
it to stop safely within one-half the range of vision, allowing for downgrades and slick
- Reduced speeds must be used within posted yard limits. Yard speed is defined as the
speed of an average adult human walk.
- A train approaching a stopped train must make a safety stop 50-feet to the rear of
the stopped train, and then may proceed slowly, with caution.
- Reverse movements are not permitted on the main unless protected by a flagman. The
conductor or an appointed flagman must first protect the rear of the train by going back
no less than 50-feet and showing a red flag or a light to any following train.
- An engineer must sound whistle or horn for all whistle posts.
- Do not stop on bridges or in tunnels except for signals or in an emergency.
- Any train operating at night must use a headlight and a red light on the end of the
- Any train with passengers occupying more than two cars or with more than six total
passengers must have a qualified conductor on the last riding car to enforce passenger
and train safety.
- Engineers and/or conductors may discharge unruly passengers.
- Ashpans must be emptied only over ash pits or steaming bays. Avoid stoking fires on
- An operator of a train is not obligated to give rides.