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AGO 1979 No. 9 >  April 20, 1979
RAILROADS - MOTOR VEHICLES - TORT LIABILITY - STREETS - ROADS - APPLICABILITY OF RCW 81.48.010 TO PRIVATE ROAD CROSSINGS
RAILROADS ‑- MOTOR VEHICLES ‑- TORT LIABILITY ‑- STREETS ‑- ROADS ‑- APPLICABILITY OF RCW 81.48.010 TO PRIVATE ROAD CROSSINGS The provisions of RCW 81.48.010, requiring trains to ring their bells or sound their whistles prior to crossing a traveled road or street, are not applicable where only a private road is involved.
AGO 1992 No. 27 >  November 13, 1992
RAILROADS - CRIMES - NOISE
Obligation to Comply with Criminal Misdemeanor Statute, RCW 81.48.010 RCW 81.48.010 provides that it is a misdemeanor for an engineer driving a locomotive to fail to ring the bell or sound the whistle when approaching certain railroad crossings.  An engineer can comply with this statute by either ringing the bell or, in the alternative, sounding the whistle.  The engineer need not do both.
AGO 1958 No. 199 >  June 5, 1958
HIGHWAYS - RIGHT OF WAYS - LIABILITY FOR TAXES OR ASSESSMENTS BY WEED DISTRICTS - WEED DISTRICTS - AUTHORITY TO LEVY ASSESSMENTS AND TAXES - TAXATION - ASSESSMENT AGAINST RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAYS BY WEED DISTRICT
HIGHWAYS ‑- RIGHT OF WAYS ‑- LIABILITY FOR TAXES OR ASSESSMENTS BY WEED DISTRICTS -- WEED DISTRICTS ‑- AUTHORITY TO LEVY ASSESSMENTS AND TAXES -- TAXATION ‑- ASSESSMENT AGAINST RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY... 1.  State highway right of ways are subject to taxes or assessments levied by weed districts to be paid by legislative appropriation from the state general fund.   2.  Railroad right of ways are subject to taxes and assessments levied by weed districts based upon the value of the benefits to such property or upon the cost to the district of destroying weeds thereon when the railroad fails to do so.
AGO 1958 No. 178 >  April 9, 1958
RAILROADS - TRACK MOTOR CARS
RAILROADS ‑- TRACK MOTOR CARS A railroad company is not required by RCW 81.44.101 to equip its track motor cars with sides and backs.
AGO 1959 No. 83 >  November 16, 1959
RAILROADS - FULL CREW LAW - TURNAROUND TRAINS
RAILROADS - FULL CREW LAW - TURNAROUND TRAINS A "turnaround" train constitutes two trains, and two railroad companies jointly using a common track, each of whom operates a "turnaround" train within the statutory 24-hour period with 25 or more cars without a full crew of six men, are violating the Washington full crew law.
AGO 1956 No. 188 >  January 18, 1956
RAILROADS - GRADE CROSSINGS - CITIES OF FIRST CLASS - JURISDICTION
RAILROADS ‑- GRADE CROSSINGS ‑- CITIES OF FIRST CLASS ‑- JURISDICTION In the absence of any language in section 8, chapter 310, clearly demonstrating that it was the legislature's intention to confer jurisdiction upon the commission in respect to signals and the apportionment of the cost for railroad crossings located within cities of the first class, such jurisdiction is lacking.
AGO 1955 No. 103 >  June 16, 1955
RAILROADS - LOGGING AND INDUSTRIAL - PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
RAILROADS ‑- LOGGING AND INDUSTRIAL ‑- PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Chapter 165, Laws of 1955, does not require the Washington Public Service Commission to perform safety inspections of the logging and industrial railroads.
AGO 1953 No. 80 >  July 2, 1953
RAILROADS - STATUTORY DUTY TO FURNISH SANITARY CUPS AND SANITARY ICE‑COOLED DRINKING WATER FOR LOCOMOTIVES AND CABOOSES
RAILROADS -- STATUTORY DUTY TO FURNISH SANITARY CUPS AND SANITARY ICE‑COOLED DRINKING WATER FOR LOCOMOTIVES AND CABOOSES Railroad company must see that sanitary cups and ice‑cooled drinking water are placed aboard each locomotive and caboose which it operates.
AGLO 1976 No. 48 >  August 3, 1976
LABOR - RAILROADS - EMPLOYEES
REQUIRING RAILROAD EMPLOYEES TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN UNIFORMS RCW 81.40.060 does not prohibit a railroad from requiring it employees to purchase their own uniforms; instead, the statute merely makes it unlawful for a railroad or other transportation company to require its employees to purchase uniforms from a particular vendor.
AGLO 1978 No. 4 >  February 23, 1978
RAILROADS - MOTOR VEHICLES - LICENSES - HIGHWAYS - OPERATION OF RAILROAD TRAINS
RAILROADS ‑- MOTOR VEHICLES ‑- LICENSES ‑- HIGHWAYS ‑- OPERATION OF RAILROAD TRAINS

A person need not have been issued a Washington state motor vehicle operator's license in order to operate a railroad train within the state.

AGLO 1973 No. 102 >  November 5, 1973
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - LABOR AND INDUSTRIES - RAILROADS - WASHINGTON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY HEALTH ACT
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- LABOR AND INDUSTRIES ‑- RAILROADS ‑- WASHINGTON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY HEALTH ACT The Washington Industrial Safety Health Act, chapter 80, Laws of 1973, is applicable to employment in work places operated by the railroad industry.
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