ANNEX C TO
USE OF THE RAHP
PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN DURING LOADING AND UNLOADING OPERATIONS
1. Vehicles entry or exit over the access platform should be such as to form as small an angle as possible with the track
axis to avoid deterioration of the rails, wheels or tracks.
2. During loading or unloading operations, the officer in charge of the ramps should order teams A and B to stand on
either side of the ramp to watch out for any tilting of the sleepers and, if necessary, to move them back into position after
each vehicle has passed. They have to keep an eye not only on the external sleepers, but also on the inside of the
construction through the lateral spaces between the sleepers.
3. During the loading/unloading of heavy tracked vehicles, a locomotive must be coupled to the train with all brakes
applied. For light vehicles, it will suffice to block the wheels of the wagons with the ordinary stop blocks used by the
railways. When the length or the wagons overhang makes it necessary, the ends of the wagons will have to be
supported by jacks, or failing this, by stacks of sleepers.
4. When using the ramp, drivers of vehicles, especially in the case of vehicles fitted with metal tracks, should avoid
braking suddenly which might result in skids.
5. To prevent damage to the buffers, metal bridge plates should be used, or failing these, wooden sleepers resting both
on the wagon and on the head of the ramp. However, this is not essential when all the vehicles to be loaded/unloaded
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