Rules for the Operation of Steam Locomotives
- Locomotives must have a valid PLS boiler inspection or an approved equivalent.
- PLS boiler inspections are to be performed at the PLS club site.
- All locomotives, tenders, or control cars are to have brakes capable of stopping the locomotive.
- Ash pans are mandatory and must be tight.
- A working headlight is required on the front of the locomotive for night running, with a projection of at least 25 feet. Locomotives operated on the multi-gauge loop are exempt from the distance requirement.
- Batteries must be securely mounted.
- Locomotives should have a means of disconnecting the batteries from the rest of the electrical system.
- All electrical connections must be secure and protected from short circuit.
- Water gauges must have a mounted light for night running.
- Liquid and LPG fuel locomotives are to be refueled only in designated areas.
- Fuel handling and storage: see appropriate fuel section.
- All fuel containers are to be stored in approved areas.
- Either couplers and safety chains, or drawbars, must be used between locomotives and trains. All safety chains must have welded links and have a minimum stock diameter of .110 inch. Trains operated on the multi-gauge loop may use smaller, appropriately sized chain.
- The attaching points for safety chains must be firmly mounted to the structure of each car and locomotive.
- Locomotives must have an operating horn or whistle.
- Locomotives must be maintained so that fluids do not leak on the railhead or walkways.
- PLS reserves the right to declare a locomotive unsafe for service and prohibit its use.
Approved by the PLS Membership August 24, 2004