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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 245b* RAILROAD OPERATIONS
Sec. 13b-329. (Formerly Sec. 16-145). Audible signals; distance from grade crossing when sounding is to commence; maximum decibel level regulations.

(b) The Commissioner of Transportation, with the advice of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may establish by regulation the maximum decibel levels which may be emitted by any audible signal attached to a train engine, provided such maximum decibel level shall not be less than eighty-seven decibels. (1277)

(c) Any railroad company operating any train engine which is equipped with an audible signal which produces noise emissions in excess of the maximum decibel levels allowed for such devices as established by said Commissioner of Transportation is in violation of this section. (1278)

Sec. 13b-330. (Formerly Sec. 16-146). Warning device on gasoline motor car. (1279)(Text)

Any railroad company operating a gasoline motor car upon its railroad shall use on such car such device or devices, for giving warning of the approach of such car to crossings of such railroad by highways, as are approved by the Commissioner of Transportation, and the use of such device or devices on such cars shall be construed to be a compliance with the requirements of section 13b-329. (1280)

Sec. 13b-331. (Formerly Sec. 16-147). Engineers to have copies of law and be sworn. (1281)(Text)

No company shall permit any person to drive an engine upon a railroad operated by it, unless he has first received a printed copy of section 13b-329 and of this section and has made oath that he will faithfully comply with their provisions. (1282)

Sec. 13b-332. (Formerly Sec. 16-148). Assistant engineer or fireman may signal. (1283)(Text)

Each engineer in charge of an engine may direct and authorize any fireman or assistant engineer, who is under his authority at the time, to perform the duties imposed upon him as such engineer by section 13b-329, but nothing in this section shall relieve the engineer from any liability or responsibility. (1284)

Sec. 13b-333. (Formerly Sec. 16-149). Signal at crossing not at grade. (1285)(Text)

Section 13b-333 is repealed, effective October 1, 2002. (1286)

Sec. 13b-334. (Formerly Sec. 16-150). Commissioner of Transportation may regulate signals. (1287)(Text)

When the selectmen of any town, the mayor and common council of any city or the warden and burgesses of any borough bring their petition in writing to the Commissioner of Transportation, representing that the public interest requires that the blowing of the engine whistle at certain points within the limits of such town, city or borough shall be dispensed with, the commissioner shall appoint a time and place for hearing such petition and shall give reasonable notice thereof to the petitioners and the company operating such railroad. If, after such hearing, the commissioner is of the opinion that the sounding of the whistle can be safely dispensed with, he shall direct such company to omit such signal and require any other signal in lieu thereof which he judges best. The commissioner may, at any time, modify or annul any such order. (1288)

Sec. 13b-335. (Formerly Sec. 16-151). Change of signals. (1289)(Text)

Section 13b-335 is repealed, effective October 1, 2002. (1290)

Sec. 13b-336. (Formerly Sec. 16-152). Lights on track motor cars. (1291)(Text)

Each person, firm or corporation operating or controlling any railroad running through or within the state shall equip each of its track motor cars, used during the period from thirty minutes before sunset to thirty minutes after sunrise, with an electric headlight of such construction and with sufficient candlepower to render plainly visible, at a distance of not less than three hundred feet in advance of such track motor car, any track obstruction, landmark, warning sign or grade crossing, and shall equip such track motor car with a red rear electric light of such construction and with sufficient candlepower as to be plainly visible at a distance of three hundred feet. Any person, firm or corporation operating or controlling any railroad running through or within this state using or permitting to be used on its lines in this state a track motor car in violation of the provisions of this section shall be fined one hundred dollars for each violation. (1292)

Sec. 13b-337. (Formerly Sec. 16-153). Windshields and tops on track motor cars. (1293)(Text)

(a) Each person, firm or corporation operating or controlling any railroad running through or within this state shall equip each of its track motor cars with (1) a windshield and a device for cleaning rain, snow and other moisture from such windshield, which device shall be maintained in good order and so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the operator of such track motor car, and (2) a canopy or top of such construction as to adequately protect the occupants thereof from the rays of the sun, rain, snow or other inclement weather. (1294)

(b) Any person, firm or corporation operating or controlling any railroad running through or within this state using or permitting to be used on its lines in this state a track motor car in violation of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined one hundred dollars for each violation. (1295)

Sec. 13b-338. (Formerly Sec. 16-154). Obstruction of streets by railroad cars. (1296)(Text)

No railroad corporation or receiver or assignee thereof, or its or his servant or agent, shall wilfully or negligently obstruct or unnecessarily and unreasonably use or occupy any highway or street, or shall in any case obstruct, use or occupy a highway or street with cars or engines for more than five minutes at one time. Any railroad corporation, or receiver or assignee thereof, violating any provision of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. (1297)

Sec. 13b-339. (Formerly Sec. 16-155). Obstruction of highway at crossing. (1298)(Text)

Any person traveling upon any public highway, which is crossed by the tracks of any railroad company, who is obstructed or prevented from crossing such tracks for a longer time than five minutes, by reason of any train, car or locomotive using or occupying such highway, or by any gate, may recover twenty-five dollars and costs from the corporation or person owning or operating such railroad, provided suit shall be brought within thirty days from the date of such obstruction. The person first filing notice with the Commissioner of Transportation of intention to bring suit under the provisions of this section shall be entitled to the only recovery for any such obstruction. (1299)

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