Donald: please clarify what you mean by " above the rail". Does it mean that the CB ball came to rest on top of one of the rails? That is something I have never seen. Although, I have seen a CB roll along the top of the rail and then on to the floor or back onto the table. If it falls back onto the table it is not considered a foul and you continue shooting. If in fact it stays on top of the rail or falls to the floor I stand with my original ans.
When you say "above the rail" do you mean on top of the rail or due to a crumpled felt on the table the ball is sitting higher than the rail line. If the ball is still on the table but raised up because of a felt condition it is still playable by the breaking player without a foul being called.
It is not part of the playing surface. The rail is to keep the balls from falling off the table and providing pockets. They also provide the means for special shots. The key words here are "playing surface". And the top of the rail does not come under that title.
What's refreshing is someone posts a question and comes back and gets into a interactive conversation about his post.
For what it's worth that's one heck of a shot to get the cue ball to come to rest on the rail. That being said it's not part of the playing surface. It would be like placing the cue ball on the rail and breaking from there. Or getting ball in hand and placing the cue ball on the rail to make your next shot. It just isn't done. The ball in hand question depends on where you are playing and under what sanctioning body.
Last but not least, how often do you think this happens? I may have seen it once or twice at the most in all my years.
An object ball is not considered made if it stays on the rail. It is considered off the table and pocketed with ball in hand foul. If the cue ball stays on the rail it is a foul. If an object ball is on the rail and touches any object like a magic rack or chalk then it is a foul.
If in this video scenario, the player runs over and removes a chalk, that is fine. A ball that comes back to the playing area is a legal ball.
Penalty if the Cue Ball Jumps and Stops on Top of the Rail
Title: Penalty if the Cue Ball Jumps and Stops on Top of the Rail