AREMA 2012 Communications & Signals Manual of Recommended Practices – 5-Volume Set – Released each October – Annual Publication – American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association – Comunicações e Sinalizações Manual de Práticas Recomendadas – Conjunto de 5 Volume – Lançado sempre em Outubro – Publicação Anual – Associação Americanade Engenharia e Manutenção Ferroviária

There are many Revised Manual Parts in the 2012 Edition of the Manual. The Revised Parts also features a new look with an updated font. The Communications & Signals Manual is a manual of recommended practice written by AREMA technical committees in the interest of establishing uniformity, promoting safety or efficiency and economy.

Section 24 – Positive Train Control added in 2011.

Individual Sections available for purchase.
Volume 1:
Section 1 – Administrative & General
Section 2 – Railroad Signal Systems
Section 3 – Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems
Volume 2:
Section 4 – Yard Systems
Section 5 – Defect Detection Systems
Section 6 – Relays
Section 7 – Signals
Section 8 – Track Circuits
Volume 3:
Section 9 – Power Supply
Section 10 – Wire & Cable
Section 11 – Circuit Protection
Section 12 – Switches
Section 13 – Mechanical
Volume 4:
Section 14 – Electrical Devices, Foundations, Hardware
Section 15 – Materials
Section 16 – Vital Circuit & Software Design
Section 17 – Quality Principles
Volume 5:
Section 18 – Inside Plant
Section 19 – Electrical Protection
Section 20 – Inductive Interference
Section 21 – Data Transmission
Section 22 – Radio
Section 23 – Communication-Based Signaling
Section 24 – Positive Train Control
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