Train Staff and Ticket System
(Extract from IR General Rules : Chapter 12)
12.01 Essentials of the Train-staff and Ticket System.
Where trains are worked between two stations on the Train-staff
and Ticket System,
(a) a single Train-staff shall be kept at one of such
(b) no train shall start from either of such stations to
the other unless the said Train-staff is at the station
from which the train starts and has either been handed to
or shown to the Driver by the Station Master when giving
12.02 System where applicable
Trains may be worked on the Train-staff and Ticket System only
when the line is single and only between such stations as have
been declared by special instructions to be Train-staff
12.03 Conditions to be observed for following trains on the
Train-staff and Ticket System.
Trains shall not follow one another in the same direction
between Train-staff stations, unless:
(a) the Driver has been properly warned of the time of
departure of the preceding train and of the place at
which it will next stop;
(b) all the trains are timed to run at the same speed,
and such speed shall not exceed 25 kilometers an hour
except under special instructions; and
(c) an interval of fifteen minutes has elapsed since the
departure of the preceding train.
12.04 Driver to have Train-staff or Train-staff Ticket
No train shall be started from a station unless the Driver has
in his possession to be carried with him on the journey, either
the Train-staff or a Train-staff Ticket, for the section of the
line over which the train is about to travel.
12.05 Train-staff or Train-staff Ticket : by whom to be delivered to
The Train-staff or Train-staff Ticket shall be delivered to the
Driver by the Station Master or by some railway servant
appointed in this behalf by special instructions.
12.06 Train-staff or Train-staff Ticket : when to be delivered to
(1) When no other train is intended to follow before the
Train-staff will be required for a train running in the
opposite direction, then subject to the provisions of sub-rule (3)
the Train-staff shall be delivered to the Driver.
(2) When other trains are intended to follow before the
Train-staff can be returned, then, subject to the provisions of
sub-rule (3), a Train-staff Ticket indicating that the
Train-staff is following, shall be delivered to the Driver of
each train except the last; and the Train-staff shall be
delivered to the Driver of the last train.
(3) When a train is assisted by a second engine in the rear, a
Train-staff Ticket shall be delivered to the Driver of
the front engine and the Train-staff shall be delivered
to the Driver of the rear engine:
Provided that if both the engines attached to the train are
to travel over the entire length of line to which the
Train-staff applies, and the train is to be followed by
other trains, a Train-staff Ticket shall be delivered to
the Driver of each of the engines attached to the first
(4) When a train is assisted by a second engine in the
front, the Train-staff or a Train-staff Ticket, as the case
may be, shall be delivered to the Driver of the leading
(5) When a material train has to stop between stations, the
Train-staff shall be delivered to the Driver.
(6) The Train-staff or a Train-staff Ticket shall not be
delivered to the Driver of any train until the train is
ready to start.
(7) The Driver shall not accept a Train-staff Ticket unless
he sees the Train-staff at the same time in the possession
of the person who delivers the Train-staff Ticket to him.
12.07 Train-staff to be kept on engine
When the Train-staff is delivered to the Driver of a train,
he shall place it in a conspicuous place provided for the
purpose on the engine.
12.08 Trains not to be started until Train-staff returned
When the Train-staff has been taken away from a station by
the Driver of a train, no other train shall be started from
that station to follow the first mentioned train until the
Train-staff has been returned to the station.
12.09 Train-staff or Train-staff Ticket to be given up and Ticket
to be cancelled on arrival of train
(1) Upon the arrival of a train at the station to which the
Train-staff or a Train-staff Ticket extends, the Driver
shall immediately give the Train-staff or Train-staff
Ticket to the Station Master, or to some railway servant
appointed by special instructions to receive it.
(2) The person to whom any such Train-staff Ticket is so
delivered shall immediately cancel the same.
12.10 Procedure when engine is disabled on the Train-staff and
(1) If an engine which carries the Train-staff breaks down
between two stations, the Fireman shall take the
Train-staff to the Staff-station in the direction whence
assistance can best be obtained, in order that the
Train-staff may be available at that station for delivery
to the Driver of the assisting engine.
(2) If an engine which carries a Train-staff Ticket breaks
down between two stations, assistance shall ordinarily be
obtained only from the station at which the Train-staff has
been left; but if assistance can more readily be obtained
from another station in the opposite direction, immediate
steps shall be taken to have the Train-staff transferred to
the other end of the section.
(3) Whenever an engine has broken down between two
stations, the Fireman shall accompany the assisting engine
to the spot.
12.11 Train-staff Tickets : how kept
Train-staff Tickets shall be kept in a ticket-box provided
for the purpose and fastened by an inside spring, the key
to open the box being the Train-staff to which the tickets
12.12 Train-staff : how kept
The Train-staff, when at a station, shall not be left in
the box but shall be kept by the Station Master in safe
12.13 Distinguishing marks on Train-staff Tickets and boxes
(1) Each Train-staff shall have shown upon it the name of
the Train-staff station at each end of the portion of line
to which it applies.
(2) The Train-staff and Train-staff Tickets and boxes for
the different portions of the line shall be distinguished
by different colours.
(3) 'Up' and 'Down' Train-staff Tickets shall also have
12.14 Form of Train-staff Ticket
Every Train-staff Ticket will be in the following form:
Ticket No.............Railway .............................
Up (or Down)
To Driver and Guard.
You are authorised to proceed from .................station
to.................station and the Train-staff will follow.
Train No.........in front left ........hours........minutes
Station Master at...................
The Driver shall not accept this ticket unless he sees the
Train-staff for the portion of line which he is about to enter.
This ticket shall be given up by the Driver, immediately on
arrival, to the Station Master or other person authorised to
receive it, and such person shall immediately cancel it.
12.15 Record of Train-staff Tickets issued.
The Station Master shall keep a record in a book of each
Train-staff Ticket issued, showing the number of each ticket
and the particular train for which it was issued.
12.16 Obstruction outside the Home signal.
The line outside the Home signal shall not be obstructed
unless the Train-staff of the portion of the line to be
obstructed is at the station.
12.17 Protection of trains on the Train-staff and Ticket System.
In the event of a train, which is followed by another train,
stopping on the line between stations, the Guard and the
Driver shall take action to Protect the train in accordance
with the provisions of Rule 10.09.