Lately I've been watching some 1:1 railroading videos on YouTube from Today's Railroading In America | TRAINS 21. I noticed that I couldn't detect any real pattern as to when they ring their bells. Doing both a forum and a google search yielded fairly few conclusive answers. One response on another forum seemed to suggest some rules but I couldn't really see these rules being followed in the 1:1 videos:
From GCOR (2005):
5.8.1 Ringing Engine Bell
Ring the engine bell under any of the following conditions:
* Before moving, except when making momentary stop and start switching movements.
* As a warning signal anytime it is necessary.
* When approaching men or equipment on or near the track.
* When whistle signal (7) is required. [ this refers to public grade crossings ]
* Approaching public crossings at grade with the engine in front and sounding of the whistle is prohibited, start signal at the crossing sign. If no sign, or if movement begins between sign and crossing, start signal soon enough before crossing to provide warning. Continue ringing bell until the crossing is occupied.
So, all that being said, when do you ring your bells on your little locomotives?