Follow-Up TOP

Canadian Rail Operating Rules

862. RTC Requirements

When one or more movements remain within the limits to be covered by a TOP, the RTC may issue a Follow-Up TOP to a foreman, provided such movements are authorized to proceed in the same direction and have left the location where the foreman will enter the limits of the TOP.

The RTC;

  • (a) may only issue the TOP to the foreman when the foreman is at the location where the foreman will enter the limits of the TOP;

  • (b) must not issue the TOP if any of the movements are authorized to reverse within the limits; or

  • (c) authorize any of the movements to reverse within the limits; and

  • (d) before issuing the TOP, verify that each movement has left the location where the foreman will enter the limits; and

  • (e) in the TOP, include the designation and location that the last movement has left.

862.1 Optional RTC Requirements

When one or more movements remain within, are, or will be authorized into the limits to be covered by a TOP, the RTC may issue a Follow-Up TOP to a foreman, provided such movements are authorized to proceed in the same direction.

The RTC must;

  • (a) specify the designation of each movement on the TOP; and

  • (b) not authorize any of the movements to reverse within the limits.

863. Foreman Requirements

When a Follow-Up TOP has been issued to a foreman and one or more movements remain within the limits of the TOP, the foreman, or any employees for whom the foreman is responsible, must;

  • (a) not enter the limits of the TOP except at or behind a location which the designated movement has left;

  • (b) not pass the designated movement within the limits of the TOP.

863.1 Optional Foreman Requirements

When a Follow-Up TOP has been issued to a foreman, the foreman or any employee under the foreman’s protection must not;

  • (a) enter the limits of the TOP except at or behind a location which all designated movements have left; or

  • (b) pass the designated movements within the limits of the TOP.

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