(Extract from IR General Rules : Chapter 16)
16.1. Knowledge of signals.
No person shall be appointed to be a Gatemen unless he has a
knowledge of signals.
16.02. Supply and care of equipment
Every Gatemen shall:
(a) be supplied with day and hight hand signals, detonators,
and other prescribed equipment ,and
(b) keep such signals, detonators and other equipment in proper
order and ready for use.
16.03. Road Traffic
1) Subject to such special instructions in that behalf as are
permitted by these rules, all gates at level crossing shall be
kept constanlty closed and securely fastened across the
thorough fare on both side of the railway and shall only be
opened when it is necessary and safe to open them for the
passage of road traffic;
Provided that any Railways Administration may from time to time
issue special instructions for any particular level crossing or
class of level crossing and may by such special instructions
permit the gates at any level crossing or class of level
crossing to be normally kept open to road traffic and may there
in prescribe the conditions under which gates are to be kept
closed against road traffic for the passage of a train or
trains or for the purposes of any other railway operation; and
all such special instructions so long as they be not cancelled
or superseded shall for the purposes only of the Railways
Administration issuing the same be deemed to be General Rules
within the meaning and subject to the provision of section 47
of the Act.
2) Gatemen, where provided shall, at all level crossing be
prepared, whenever such level crossing be open to road traffic
to show a stop hand signal to any approaching train.
3) Where no Gateman is specially provided for night duty at a
level crossing, the gates thereat shall, subject to special
instructions, be locked at night and opened only to pass road
traffic in such manner as may be prescribed by special
16.04. Gateman to observe passing trains
Except, where otherwise prescribed under special instructions,
the Gateman shall observe all passing trains and be prepared to
take such action as may be necessary to ensure safety of
16.05. Channel for flange of wheels
The Gateman shall see that the channel for the flange of the
wheels is kept clear.
16.06 Defects at level crossings
If any gate or the fastenings thereof,or any fixed signal
pertaining to the gate becomes out of order, the Gateman shall
(a) take action to close the gates, if possible, against the
road traffic and to hand signal the train movements past the
level crossing, and
(b) report the fact to his superior or the nearest Gangmate.
16.07 Obstruction at level crossing
Every Gateman, on noticing any obstruction on the line, shall
at once remove it or, if unable to do so, shall-
(a) Take action to ensure that the fixed signals, if any,
protecting the gate are kept at on
(b) show stop hand signal and do his best to stop approaching
(c) shall protect the obstruction as per rule3.62.
16.08. Parting of a train
If a Gateman notices that a train has parted, he shall not show
a stop hand signal to the Driver, but shall endeavour to
attract the attention of the Driver and the Guard by shouting,
gesticulating or other means.
Every Gateman shall, as far as possible, prevent any
trespassing by persons or cattle.
16.10. Transfer of charge of gate
Except in accordance with special instruction, no Gateman shall
leave his gate unless another Gateman has taken charge of it.
16.11 Height gauges
(1) Adequate arrangements shall be made to erect height gauges
on either side of the overhead equipment or other equipment at
every level crossing so as to ensure that all vehicles and
moving structures passing under the height gauge also pass
under overhead equipment or other equipment with adequate
(2) The adequate clearance referred to in sub-rule (1) shall be
sanctioned under approved special instruction.
(3) Vehicles and moving structures, which cannot pass under the
height gauge without striking or touching it, shall not be
permitted to pass the overhead equipment or other equipment
except in accordance with special instructions.