N.P. Ry.

Slow Orders '66





Keeping with our modeling the NP theme today, here is a little document I found in the archives that may be of interest to modelers (as well as the operationally oriented). For those who strive for realism (or just goofy trivia) here are a few ways to slow your trains down as they race against the fast clock (or the NP's own time table). I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has a copy of a similar document for other NP divisions. -John Phillips mailto:whstlpnk@ix.netcom.com


Tacoma [Wash.]
September 26, 1966

J.O. Davies W.E. Buckley P.A. Williams
J.H. Hertog C.H. Moreau E.P. Hughes
E.M. Overlie G.P. Hoffman F.J. Kristfelt
L.F. Wiecking J.C. Bergman F.W. Cochran
M.G. Thomson J.R. Mobley G.D. Childers
L.L. Norquist R.A. Robey E.R. Hanson
R.L. Beem G.A. Staeheli
H.C. Wiemer A. Stranik
R.J. Fogel H.C. Van Wagoner


SLOW ORDERS IN EFFECT SEPTEMBER 26, 1966
MOUNTAIN AND GRAYS HARBOR RANCH:
643 Run at restricted speed 1345 feet east of Mile Post 37 between NAD Junction and Silverdale account heavy equipment crossing tracks.
657 Run at restricted speed between 1000 feet west of Mile Post 67 and 600 feet west of Mile Post 68 between Aberdeen Junction and Aberdeen where contractors working on highway expecting to find rocks and debris on or close clearance to tracks.
659 At Gleed men and machinery working at a point 600 feet west of Mile Post 7 constructing new Nordberg plant. At Moxee City cars on spot at American Excelsior Company 100 feet west of Mile Post 8.
662 At Easton occupied outfit cars on house track. At Martin occupied outfit cars on siding. At Cle Elum south side river track engine foot boards will not clear bazookas located 850 feet west of head block. Dirt and planking on east end depot platform and planks removed from platform about 25 feet on east end of westward siding extension and crossover track.
663 Do not exceed ten miles per hour over Bridge 52.3 between Satsop and Montesano account replacing piling.
671 At Shelton do not exceed five miles per hour over railroad crossing frog at west end of Bridge 0 account defective frog.
673 Between 701 AM and 401 PM daily except Saturdays and Sundays, look out for contractors men and equipment painting Union Pacific Bridge 5333 between Aberdeen and South Aberdeen Junction.
678 Between Easton and Martin dirt piled on north side of westward track between 4000 feet west of Mile Post 42 and Mile Post 45 and at Martin rail and track material in snowshed at east end of tunnel makes poor footing.
682 Account men and equipment on main track between Mile Post 52 and Mile Post 53 on Bridge 52.3 between Satsop and Montesano from 630 AM until 301 PM daily, except Saturdays and Sundays, all turns on main track must approach and proceed through this territory at restricted speed prepared to stop maintaining a careful lookout for hand signals restricted speed must not be exceeded unless foreman in charge verbally authorizes a different speed.


DOUBLE TRACK SOUTH:
909 At Titlow west 1000 feet of westward siding out of service account north rail settled and west switch of this siding spiked. At Steilacoom track machinery tied up nights and weekends on house track switch spiked. At Bucoda, Tenino Junction and East Olympia westward sidings blocked with cars. Ribbon rail distributed both sides of westward track between 500 feet west and 100 feet east of Mile Post 5 and both sides of eastward track between Mile Post 8 and Bridge 14 and between rails of eastward and westward tracks between Nelson Bennett and Ruston tunnels and between eastward and westward tracks between east portal Nelson Bennett Tunnel and Mile Post 7 between Steilacoom and McCarver Street.
910 At Ridgefield lumber piled close clearance to Shell Oil Spur will not clear man on side of car. At Napavine cars on westward siding. At Vancouver cars on eastward siding. At Kelso occupied outfit cars on stock track.


SOUTH BEND BRANCH:
820 Account men and equipment on main track between Mile Post 2 and Mile Post 5 between Chehalis Junction and Millburn from 630 AM until 301 PM daily except Saturday and Sunday all turns on main track must approach and proceed through this territory at restricted speed prepared to stop maintaining a careful lookout for hand signals restricted speed must not be exceeded unless foreman in charge verbally authorizes a different speed.


DOUBLE TRACK NORTH:
717 At Woodinville do not exceed ten miles per hour over 11th and 12th Sub-Division crossing account skeletonized track. Do not exceed 15 miles per hour between 2000 feet west of Mile Post 25 and 4000 feet west of Mile Post 26 between Woodinville and Maltby where derailment occurred. 719 At Larson siding blocked with cars.
720 Between Keith and Naval Air Junction truck taking soil samples in slide area may be fouling main track.
721 Do not exceed ten miles per hour on eastward track through interlocking plant at Argo.
725 At Puyallup occupied outfit cars on house track.
728 Do not exceed five miles per hour between 1500 feet west and 1800 feet west of Mile Post 13 between Lake and Keith. Do not exceed 20 miles per hour between Woodinville and Mile Post 10 and ten miles per hour between Mile Post 10 and Mile Post 6 between Woodinville and North Portal account soft track. Between Keith and Lake bulkhead has tilted about 35 degrees at Mile Post 13 and 4823 feet west of Mile Post 13 affords about five and one half feet clearance from edge of rail. Do not exceed five miles per hour passing this location and train crew must make inspection before passing this location and flagman must be on ground while turn is passing.
729 At Enumclaw occupied outfit cars on siding.
735 Effective 501 AM Monday, September 26, eastward track out of service between 1000 feet east and 1250 feet east of Mile Post 2 between Seattle and Argo account sewer construction. All turns and engines will use westward track between west crossover at Lander Street Seattle and first crossover west of Argo on authority of hand signals from switch tender at Lander Street Seattle or signal indications at Argo. Westward trains will be operated over eastward track from first crossover west of Argo to first crossover east of Argo. Switches on first crossover west of Argo will be lined and locked for crossover movement.
738 Do not exceed 20 miles per hour between Argo and west crossover at Lander Street Seattle and do not exceed five miles per hour over shoefly on westward track between Mile Post 2 and 1500 feet east of Mile Post 2 between Seattle and Argo and contractors material and equipment may be close clearance to track at this location Signal 2.2 on left side of shoefly for westward movements will govern westward movement over shoefly.
739 Account men and equipment on westward track between 1000 feet east and 1250 feet east of Mile Post 2 between Seattle and Argo from 501 AM until 601 PM daily, all turns on westward track must approach and proceed through this territory at restricted speed prepared to stop maintaining a careful lookout for hand signals restricted speed must not be exceed unless foreman in charge verbally authorizes a different speed.
742 Occupied outfit cars at the following locations. At Maltby on short siding. At Snohomish on house track. At Kirkland, Getchell and Bryant cars on siding. At Maltby long siding blocked with cars. Ties distributed along the main track and sidings between Woodinville and Arlington.

JOD 805 PM



Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: Slow Orders '66. URL: www.employees.org/~davison/nprha/slow66.html.

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