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Railroad Hand, Flag and Lamp Signals

The hand or flag, moved the same as the lamp, as illustrated in the following diagrams, gives the same indication, except in the observance of Rule 12a the hand or flag movement may be above the shoulder.

Stop
12a
Stop
Swung at right angle
to the track.
Reduce Speed
12b
Reduce Speed
Held horizontally
at arm's length.
Proceed
12c
Proceed
Raised and lowered
vertically.
Back
12d
Back
Swung vertically in a circle
at right angle to the track.
Apply Air Brakes
12f
Apply Air Brakes
Swung horizontally above the
head when standing.
Release Air Brakes
12g
Release Air Brakes
Held at arm's length above
the head when standing.

12h. Any object waved violently by anyone on or near the track is a signal to stop.

12i. Signals must be given from a point where they may be plainly seen and in such a way that they cannot be misunderstood. If there is doubt as to the meaning of a signal, or for whom it is intended, it must be regarded as a stop signal.

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