CHAPTER III 

DUTIES OF SIGNAL INSPECTORS

SECTION ' A' Duties of Signal Inspectors in-charge of a Section

3.1. Technical Duties :

3.1.1. The duties of a Signal Inspector in-charge of a section are detailed in various Chapters of this Manual, the most essential being—

(a) Efficient and proper maintenance of all signalling and interlocking equipment under his charge in accordance with the provisions of the Manual, Rules and Regulations in force and instructions issued from time-to-time ;

(b) Assist the Chief Signal Inspector in execution of works incidental to the maintenance of equipment under his charge, additions and alterations to existing installations and new works in accordance with approved plans and circuit diagrams under Open Line working conditions ;

(c) Assist the Chief Signal Inspector in overhauling and carrying out alterations to the existing locking of interlocking frames in accordance with approved interlocking tables and interlocking charts, as also carrying out alterations to electrical signalling and interlocking systems in accordance with approved interlocking and selection tables and circuit diagrams when authorised to do so in writing by the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

Note.—The term interlocking frames 'includes' Station Master's Slide Control Frames 'and' Interlocking key boxes '.

(d) Carrying out works in an emergency on his own initiative and responsibility. In such cases, intimation must be given to his Chief Signal Inspector by a message on control phone or by a telegram.

3.1.2. The Sectional Signal Inspector shall be responsible to the Chief Signal Inspector for his work and route his inspection reports to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer through the Chief Signal Inspector.

3.2. Equipment Inspection :

3.2.1. The Signal Inspector in-charge of a section shall carry out inspection and testing of all the equipments in his charge at intervals not exceeding one month in accordance with the detailed instructions contained in this Manual. Telecommunication equipment entrusted to his maintenance shall be inspected in accordance with instructions contained in the Telecommunication Manual.

3.2.2. While carrying out his inspections, the Inspector shall take the maintainer of the section with him whenever possible.

3.2.3. Special attention shall be paid during inspections to the work of each maintainer in respect of adjustments, cleaning and lubricating of moving parts of all points and signal equipment to ensure that they work smoothly. Any fault detected shall be arranged to be rectified at the earliest.

3.2.4. The inspection shall be thorough with reference to the prescribed schedule of maintenance and purposeful to ensure that equipments function  satisfactorily  safely and with minimum liability to failures.

3.2.5. The Interlocking Plan, Cabin Diagrams, Working Rules etc. shall be inspected to see that they are up-to-date. Any discrepancy noticed shall be brought to the notice of the Chief Signal Inspector.

3.2.6. A record shall be made in the Signal Failure and Inspection Book at each station of the monthly/ quarterly inspection.

3.3. Foot-plate Inspection :

The Inspector shall carry out foot-plate inspection of all signals by day and night in both Up and Down directions once a month over his entire jurisdiction. During the inspection he shall take special notice of the following :

3.3.1. All signals have adequate visibility as specified in para 7.7 preferably from the driver's side of the foot-plate. If the visibility of a signal is affected by growing tree branches or other obstructions, the matter shall be specially noted. Cases requiring special attention, such as trees in private lands shall be referred to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer with full particulars of the topography of the area for his information, necessary action and instructions. In other cases the Inspector shall arrange to remove the obstructions as early as possible.

3. 3.2. Anything which may endanger safety or interfere with signalling gears. In such cases the matter shall be brought to the notice of the concerned department. If immediate action is necessary for reasons of safety, the train may be stopped at the next station for giving necessary information to the Station Master.

3.3.3. By Day :— If any signal is dropping or is improperly taken 'OFF' or is incorrectly replaced to the ' ON ' position, such cases shall be brought to the notice of the Station Master concerned, for necessary action from the next station where the train stops.

3.3.4. By Night :—All signals are correctly focussed and are burning brightly. Where a signal light is not burning bright enough to be visible from an adequate distance, the matter shall be reported to the Station Master concerned from the next station where the train stops.

No fixed light is interfering with the sighting of the signals.

Note.—The instructions in paragraphs 3.3.3 and 3.3.4 shall apply with suitable modifications to colour light signals both by day and by night.

3.3.5. A suitable light is displayed at the token delivery and pick up area for the driver to clearly drop the incoming token and pick up the outgoing token.

3.3.6. All warning boards are maintained in proper fettle.

3. 3. 7. Signals that are to be replaced to ' ON ' by the passage of trains are being so replaced.

3.4. Failures :

3.4.1. The Sectional Signal Inspector shall monitor daily all failures on his section. During his periodical inspection he shall check up the cause indicated as well as repairs carried out to ensure that similar faults do not recur. In case of failures of a serious nature, the investigation shall be carried out immediately, and the Chief Signal Inspector advised.

3.4.2. Each Inspector shall at the end of every month, summaries and classify the failure reports received from each Maintainer and submit monthly failure report on Form S & T/FS2/(Annexure ' 2 ') with his remarks to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in duplicate. Failures may be classified as suggested in Annexure ' 3 '. Failures pertaining to other departments shall be promptly brought to the notice of the concerned departments.

3.5. Competency in Rules and Technical Work.—Sectional Inspector shall be—

3.5.1. Fully conversant with the rules and regulations, instructions, procedures and practices of installation, operation and maintenance of all installations under his charge.

3.5.2. Competent to carry out under Open line working conditions—

(a) additions and alterations to existing installations and circuits ;

(b) new installations ;

(c) testing, overhauling and carrying out alterations to the existing locking of lever frames and wiring of electrical interlocking systems ;

(d) installation, adjustment and testing of electronic signal and interlocking equipment.

3.6. The Sectional Signal Inspector, when out on inspection shall ensure that only competent staff are permitted to work on or make adjustments to any of the signalling gears which are connected with the safety of trains. The Inspector shall further ensure that these instructions are clearly understood by all the staff concerned.

3.7. Reports of Maintainers :

3.7.1. The Sectional Signal Inspector shall ensure that the Maintainers are regular in their maintenance programme and their reports in Form S & T/MR (Annexure ' 1 ', Para 11.3.1 of Part II) are correctly maintained. 

3.7.2. Maintainers' programmes shall be prepared in terms of the days of the week. The programme shall be so prepared that it is convenient to the Maintainer and provides for maximum time at every station with due regard to the rostered hours of the duty. As far as practicable the programme shall include allowance for picking up programme missed during the week on account of failures and other exigencies.

SECTION ' B '

Duties of Chief Signal Inspector

3.8. Technical Duties :

3.8.1. The duties of Chief Signal Inspector, assisted by one or more Sectional Signal Inspectors, are detailed in various Chapters, the most essential being—

(a) Exercising supervision over the work done by the Sectional Signal Inspectors and maintenance staff in accordance with instructions contained in this Manual ;

(b) Testing, overhauling and carrying out alterations to the existing signal and interlocking installations accordance with approved plans and instructions ;

(c) Testing any telecommunication equipment specifically entrusted to his maintenance in accordance with instructions the Telecommunication Manual or other executive instructions ;

(d) Carrying out works in an emergency on his own initiative and responsibility. In such an emergency, intimation shall be given to his controlling officer by a message on control phone or by a telegram.

(e) Providing assistance to the Sectional Signal Inspector to attend to works which are normally beyond the scope of the maintenance staff under the Sectional Signal Inspector.

3.8.2. The Chief Signal Inspector shall see that the fire-fighting appliances at various locations under his charge are kept in a condition fit for immediate use. He shall also see that the staff under him are conversant with the method of operation. He shall arrange actual trials periodically to test appliances for fitness and the staff in the knowledge of the working of the fire-fighting appliances and the method of their operation. The appliances shall be recharged immediately after they have been used.

3.8.3. In his work, the Chief Signal Inspector shall be responsible to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer/Assistant Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

3. 8.4. Each Chief Signal Inspector shall submit an annual return in duplicate of all apparatus in service on his section to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in prescribed forms.

3.9. Inspection :

3.9.1. The Chief Signal Inspector shall carry out all the inspections prescribed in Para 3.2 and 3.3 over his entire jurisdiction at intervals not exceeding three months.

3.9.2. He shall carry out the quarterly foot-plate inspection preferably jointly with the Loco Inspector/Traffic Inspector by day and by night.

3.9.3. Joint Certificate of Foot-Plate Inspection shall be submitted to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer/Assistant Signal and Telecommunication Engineer at the end of every quarter in Form No. S & T/FP (Annexure ' 4 ') A copy of the relevant portion of the joint report of Foot-Plate Inspection shall be sent to the station concerned for the reference of inspecting officers and also for necessary action, if any, by the Station Master.

3.10. Section Gang and Maintenance Work :

3.10.1. Each Chief Signal Inspector shall maintain a register in which all works that are beyond the capacity of the Maintainers shall be entered. Execution of such works in the order of their importance shall be entrusted to the section gang.

3.10.2. The Inspector shall prepare a programme of work for the section gang. The programme shall be so prepared as to reduce travelling time to a minimum and allow the gang to return to Headquarters on rest days.

3.10.3. It is desirable that when the gang is sent away from the Headquarters for a number of days a tool van equipped with all materials and tools for the work to be done is provided.

SECTION 'C .

Inspection Certificates

3.11. Inspection and Testing Certificates :

3.11.1. Each Inspector shall submit an Inspection and Testing Certificate monthly for each station/ installation inspected by him during the month in Form S & T/IC (Annexure ' 5 ') to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer indicating the condition of gear inspected. Brief remarks shall be given in regard to any assistance required in regard to labour or stores or any other important matter.

3.11.2. The Certificate of Inspection and Testing is an important document and it forms a record of the nature of inspections carried out and the condition of the gear reported upon from time-to-time. Inspectors shall, therefore, make a careful record of all the inspections and the repairs, special or ordinary required on the section. The report shall not be used for representing their general difficulties.

3.11.3. The report on each foot-plate inspection must be promptly submitted to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in Form S. & T./FP (Annexure ' 4 ') every month.

Note.—This form may be modified by Zonal Railways to include additional information like condition of speedometer, etc.

3.11.4. At the end of each quarter, the Chief Signal Inspector shall certify that all signals on his section have been jointly inspected both by day and by night. He shall also highlight defects and deficiencies noticed during these inspections which could not be rectified, indicating assistance required. This certificate shall be kept on record in the office of the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

3.11.5. The inspection, testing (including testing of cables) and overhauling certificates, shall be filled in progressively at the stations immediately an inspection or testing or overhauling has been done and not left to be completed at the Headquarters station.

3.11.6. Each Inspector shall send a separate certificate that all the stations under his charge have been inspected as required under Para 3.2 or 3.9, as the case may be. If all the stations have not been inspected, the names of stations left out and the reasons why these could not be inspected shall be furnished.

SECTION 'D' 

Accidents

3.12. Chief Signal Inspectors, Sectional Signal Inspectors and Maintainers responsible for supervision of labour shall take all precautions to prevent accidents to the staff or damage to apparatus and see that—

(a) instructions contained in I. R. C. A. Safety First Pamphlet as well as those issued from time-to-time are observed ;

(b) use is made of the safety appliances provided such as belts, pulley blocks, etc.

(c) that all ropes, lifting tackles and staging used for erection of signals, etc. are adequate and in good condition ;

(d) that staff working on the line are vigilant and where necessary employ look out men ;

(e) all accidents are promptly reported.

3.13. The rules for ensuring safety are contained in General Rule 2.11. The procedures to be followed in regard to accidents are contained in Chapter VI of General Rules and in the Accident Manual. Each Inspector shall be well acquainted with the rules concerned. A few salient points in regard to Signal Inspectors are listed in Annexure ' 6 '.

SECTION ' E' 

General Responsibilities and Duties

3.14. Tools and Plant.—Each Inspector shall be responsible for the issue of proper tools, and other equipments to the Maintainers and artisans under him and for ensuring that these are kept by them in proper working order. Unserviceable and defective tools shall be replaced.

3.15. Books of Reference and Acquaintance with Rules :

3.15.1. Each Signal Inspector shall have in his possession when on duty an up-to-date copy of the following books of reference :—

(i) General and Subsidiary Rules,

(ii) Signal Engineering Manual, 

(iii) Schedule of Standard Dimensions, 

(iv) Current Working Time Tables.

(v) Maintenance Manuals for Special equipment under his charge,

(vi) Telecommunication Manual, 

(vii) Accident Manual, 

(viii) Telegraph Code. 

(ix) Block Working Manual, 

(x) A. C. Traction Manual (in A. C. electrified territory).

3.15.2. Each Inspector shall be well acquainted with all the rules concerned in these publications and circulars issued from time-to-time which concern his work and duties. These books shall be kept up-to-date with all the addenda and corrigenda slips issued from time-to-time. He shall ensure that all staff under his charge are well acquainted with these rules and regulations to the extent applicable to them.

3.16. Accompanying Important Inspections.—-Each Inspector while accompanying an inspection such as that of General Manager or Commissioner of Railway Safety or Divisional Railway Manager or the Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer or any other Signal and Telecommunication Engineer or any officer of the Railway Board, shall in addition to the books of reference mentioned in Para 3.15.1 have the following in his possession :—

(i) Interlocking and yard diagrams, interlocking tables and selection tables,

(ii) Plans of sanctioned and proposed works.

(iii) Point test gauges, multi-meter, insulation test equipment, track circuit test equipment, a portable telephone to suit overhead lines or cable circuits depending on the section being inspected.

(iv) Other tools such as measuring tape, foot rule, sealing plier ; etc.

Any other items specified by Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer/Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

3.17. Establishment matters.— The Inspector shall ensure that the Rules laid down in Establishment Code, Acts and Regulations and Local circulars issued from time-to-time regarding general service conditions, conduct, discipline, passes, leave, service cards, medical examinations, etc., are strictly complied with, records maintained and returns submitted as laid down. Certain salient points in regard to Payment of Wages Act, Workmen's Compensation Act and Hours of Employment Regulations are listed in Annexure ' 7 '. The seonly list the broad features and a reference to the Act and Rules should be made while deciding cases.

3.18. Muster Sheets :

3.18.1. The Inspector shall arrange to have the blank muster sheets of staff top-initialed by the Signal and Telecommunication Engineer under whom he works and issue them to the staff in time. At the end of each wage period, the muster sheet shall be collected and fresh ones issued.

3.18.2. Each Inspector shall inspect and initial the muster sheets of staff each time that he is on their section. The presence or absence of staff shall be noted on the spot. The time of inspection and the number of staff present should be recorded in the muster sheet in ink.

3.19. Witnessing Payment of staff.— The Inspector shall witness the payment of all temporary and permanent staff under him in accordance with standing instructions.

3.20. Correspondence and Records.—The Inspector shall keep his correspondence up-to-date. He is responsible to see that his office records, registers, stores ledgers and accounts are maintained correctly and stores ledgers are posted up-to-date. Periodical returns shall be submitted within the dates as per the standing instructions.

3.21. Relinquishment of charge :

3.21.1. When relinquishing charge of a section, the Inspector shall prepare a handing over charge statement in duplicate, which shall briefly contain the following :—

(i) The section particulars with staff, their service and leave records ;

(ii) Details of sanctioned and proposed works and their progress ; 

(iii) General Notes regarding painting, renewals and replacements, etc.

(iv) Overhauling and testing of interlocking frames, block instruments, point machines, signal machines, relays, etc.

(v) Notes regarding materials, stores, important notes and documents ;

(vi) Position of stock sheets, Accounts notes, Audit and Accounts Inspection Reports, Completion reports ;

(vii) Any other important matters.

3.21.2. The Inspectors taking over and handing over shall inspect all important works in progress, check the staff and their tools and plant and materials-at-site.

3.21.3. The relieving Inspector shall examine all Office records and ledgers and initial them with date.

3.21.4. Handing over charge statement shall be jointly signed by the Inspectors taking over and handing over and a copy submitted to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer. Errors and discrepancies, noted during handing over and taking over, shall be recorded on the statement for the information of the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

SECTION ' F' 

Additional instructions for Signal Inspectors in-charge of Construction 

3.22. Code Rules.—The rules for the execution of works are contained in Chapter 9 of this Manual and Chapter XI of the Indian Railway Code for the Engineering Department.

3.23. Applicability of Rules :

3.23.1. The instructions for Signal Inspectors in-charge of construction will also apply to Signal Inspectors normally in-charge of maintenance when entrusted with the execution of certain specific works.

3.23.2. Similarly the instructions for Signal Inspectors in-charge of maintenance will apply to Signal Inspectors in-charge of Construction when entrusted with the maintenance of equipments at a stationer on a section.

3.24. Commencement/Execution of Works :

3.24.1. The instructions contained in Para 9. 5 shall be observed.

3.24.2. When the estimate for a new work is sanctioned, the Signal Inspector shall submit requisitions for the materials without delay and ensure that all the required materials are made available.

No work shall be physically commenced until it is authorised by the concerned officer.

3.24.3. No work affecting an existing signalling and interlocking system shall be commenced unit such portions of the work as can be carried out without affecting the working of the existing installation have been completed so that the period of disconnection will be as short as possible.

3.24.4. All new signals shall be inspected and passed by a Sighting Committee consisting of (i) Signal Inspector, (ii) Loco Inspector and (iii) Traffic Inspector. Sighting Certificates should be promptly submitted on form S & T/SC (Annexure ' 8 ') to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer,

3.24.5. Introduction of a new signal or alteration to an existing signal which would require to be passed by a Sighting Committee shall not be taken on hand without the publication of the Traffic Notice, which shall not be operative for a period longer than three months.

3.25. Progress Report of Works.—The Signal Inspector in-charge of works shall submit a Progress Report, every month of all the works in his charge to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer on Form S. & T./PR/l (Annexure ' 9 ') which shall include—

(a) The progress on work and probable date of completion ;

(b) Reference to requisitions or work orders against which supply has not been made; also details of items which are particularly required and on account of which works are being delayed ;

(c) Delays arising from other causes.

3.26. Opening of works :

3.26.1. The Signal Inspector in-charge of works shall advise the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer, when a work will be ready for opening, in order that the latter may arrange for fixing of a date and for the issue of the necessary notices.

3.26.2. When a new work or alteration to an existing work is about to be brought into service, the Inspector shall see that he obtains new or corrected interlocking and yard diagrams, circuit diagrams, etc., before the date of opening. If there are minor alterations, the existing diagrams shall be corrected and endorsement made by the Inspector.

3.27. Completion Certificate and Completion Report :

3.27.1. The Inspector shall submit a Completion Certificate to the Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer on Form S & T/CC/1 (Annexure '10') immediately after a new work/alteration to an existing installation has been brought into service.

3.27.2. The Inspector in-charge of the works shall, immediately after the completion of a work submit a Completion Report to the officer in-charge which shall contain the following :—

(i) List of all materials received from the stores and other sources with all particulars ;

(ii) List of all materials used for the work ;

(iii) List of materials released and returned to stores with particulars ;

(iv) List of excess materials returned to stores with particulars ;

(v) Details of labour with period for which they were employed for the completion of work; and

(vi) Special problems or difficulties experienced during the execution of the work ; if any.