50829 Procedure to follow when wash plant lights are not working
September 2012 in Train Operations
Method of working
A reporter is seeking clarification on the correct procedure
to follow when the lights on the display panels at the entrance to
the wash plant at Yoker depot are not working.
The wash plant has four display panels at each entrance, these
show either 'wash', 'no wash', 'wait' or 'proceed'. The
reporter is concerned that the lights within the display panels
work on an intermittent basis. When the lights are not
working, the reporter feels that Drivers are responding in
different ways, as there does not appear to be a consistent way of
working. Drivers are either stopping at the panel and making
contact with the Yard Coordinator to gain permission to continue,
or they are not stopping because they are under the assumption that
it is ok to proceed because they have been correctly signalled into
the wash road.
Could First ScotRail:
- Clarify the correct procedure to be followed when the lights on
the display panels at the entrance to the wash plant are not
- Brief all Drivers on the correct procedure that should be
followed in this situation or display details on the notice board
at Yoker depot?
- Clarify whether the wash plant should be in use or not, if the
lights on the display panels are not working?
Response from First ScotRail
A notice to Train Crew has been issued, advising
that no movement should take place through the wash plant, without
first making contact with the Yard Coordinator and obtaining
authority to proceed, if the panel indications are not
In addition a functionality review of the information panel on the
carriage wash plant at Yoker depot has been arranged and an
intermittent fault has been identified and resolved. All defects
with plant and equipment should be reported to the location Manager
and these issues should then be reported through the facilities
By reporting issues in this manner faults are recorded and can
be monitored until completion. This is an established system for
reporting and managing faults with plant, equipment and building
infrastructure within First ScotRail.