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Bob Ferguson

AGLO 1978 NO. 4 >

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.

AGO 1979 NO. 9 >

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 >

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.

AGLO 1976 NO. 48 >

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.

AGO 1953 NO. 80 >

Railroad company must see that sanitary cups and ice‑cooled drinking water are placed aboard each locomotive and caboose which it operates.

AGO 1959 NO. 83 >

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.

AGLO 1973 NO. 102 >

The Washington Industrial Safety Health Act, chapter 80, Laws of 1973, is applicable to employment in work places operated by the railroad industry.

AGO 1955 NO. 103 >

Chapter 165, Laws of 1955, does not require the Washington Public Service Commission to perform safety inspections of the logging and industrial railroads.

AGO 1958 NO. 178 >

A railroad company is not required by RCW 81.44.101 to equip its track motor cars with sides and backs.

AGO 1956 NO. 188 >

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.