City of Centralia, MO
Boone County
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State Law Reference — Authorizing boards of aldermen of cities of the fourth class to regulate railroads, railroad crossings, etc., see RSMo., §§ 300.295 and 300.360. In general, see RSMo., §§ 389.610 and 389.645. Also see RSMo. § 71.013.
Cross Reference — As to motor vehicles and traffic generally, see ch. 18 of this Code.

Section 27-1 Removal of train, etc., obstructing crossing. [1]

[Ord. No. 295 § 1, 8-7-1939]
Should any street and railroad crossing remain occupied and obstructed, in whole or in part, by any train or railroad cars for and during any period of five (5) minutes, it shall be the duty of each and every railroad company upon whole line of railway such obstruction may occur, and of their agents or employees, on or before the expiration of such five minutes, when, for any cause, the entire train cannot be propelled and removed to one side of the street so obstructed, to cause such cars as may be on or near such crossing to be uncoupled and each division of the train as thus made removed off the aforesaid street and railroad crossing so that the same shall not remain nearer than forty (40) feet to the outside street line of such crossing. In no event shall any train or car remain standing on any railroad track for a longer period than five (5) minutes when such train or car is nearer than forty (40) feet to the street line crossing over such track.
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State Law Reference — Also see Model Traffic Ordinance, RSMo., § 300.360.

Section 27-2 Lights required — at crossings.

[Ord. No. 295 §§ 2, 5, 8-7-1939]
Every corporation operating a railroad in the City shall, where its tracks cross any street or highway, maintain during the night, one or more streetlights of at least one hundred candle power at such crossing and at a height of at least ten (10) feet above the surface of the ground at such crossing. In the event any such corporation shall fail to keep such railroad crossings lighted, as provided herein, the City shall have power to so light such crossings and charge any corporation operating such railroad with the expense thereof, which may be recovered by civil suit in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Section 27-3 Same — on trains. [1]

[Ord. No. 295 § 6, 8-7-1939]
No conductor, engineer, fireman, brakeman or other person in charge of any locomotive, tender, car or train of cars shall, after dark or at night, run or cause to be run or moved for any purpose within the City limits any such locomotive, tender, car or train of cars, without having a brilliant or conspicuous light placed in front of and on the same, facing the direction in which the same may be moving, whether moving backward or forward.
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State Law Reference — As to headlight requirements for locomotives generally, and penalty for violation, see RSMo, § 389.900.

Section 27-4 Ringing or sounding of bell, horn or whistle. [1]

[Ord. No. 295 § 10, 8-7-1939]
The bell, horn or whistle of any locomotive engine shall be run or sounded at a distance of at least eighty (80) rods from the place where the railroad shall cross any street or thoroughfare of this City, and shall be rung or sounded continuously while such engine is passing through the City.
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State Law Reference — As to ringing of bell or sounding of whistle at crossings, see RSMo. § 389.990.

Section 27-5 Person to be stationed on back of moving locomotive, etc.

[Ord. No. 295 § 7, 8-7-1939]
No conductor, engineer, fireman, brakeman or other person in charge of any locomotive, tender, car or train of cars shall at any time run or move or cause the same to be run or moved for any purpose within this City without first placing an employee on the top or on the platform or steps on such car, locomotive, tender or train of cars, such person to be stationed at the end of such car or cars, where he can have a clear view of the track when such locomotive, tender, car or train of cars is being moved backward.

Section 27-6 Method generally of moving train, etc., across crossing; flagman required.

[Ord. No. 295 § 8, 8-7-1939; Ord. No. 711 § 1, 7-11-1960]
It shall be unlawful for any conductor, engineer, fireman, brakeman or other person in charge of any locomotive, tender, car or train of cars to run or cause to be run across any place where a public street crosses a railroad within this City any such locomotive, tender, car or train of cars, unless the engine or locomotive propelling the same is attached thereto at all times while the same is in motion or unless there is placed on each and every such public street crossing over which such locomotive, tender, car or train of cars will pass a flagman who is so equipped as to give due and timely warning to all approaching traffic of the movement of such equipment of the railroad in such manner.

Section 27-7 (Reserved)

[Repealed by Ord. No. 2304 § 1, 6-21-2004]