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A signal imperfectly displayed is defined as:
1. A block or interlocking signal displaying lights not in conformity with the rules.
2. The absence of a light at a place where a color light should be.
3. The absence of a signal at a place where a signal is usually displayed.
4. A high color light signal displaying more than one light per signal unit.
What is the definition of controlled speed?
A speed that will permit stopping within one-half the range of vision. It will also permit stopping short of a train, a car, an obstruction, on-track equipment or a stop signal.
True or False:
It is permissible for an employee to have an alcoholic beverage at the CSX provide away from home lodging facility.
True or False:
Unless properly authorized, or in case of emergency, employees are prohibited from restricting or interfering with the normal intended function of any device or equipment. This does not include equipppment found on engines, cars or other railroad property.
An engineer must be fully familiar with the physical characteristics of the territory over which they are called to operate. An engineer must not accept a call to operate over a territory that the engineer has not been over in the previous how many months?
One of your locomotives is shut down due to a hot engine and you will not be able to make the expected running time to your destination. What is required?
Report the problem promptly to the train dispatcher and conductor.
Before starting a tour of duty, what is necessary for employees to have accessible, read and understand?
Current system and/or general bulletins.
What is required when your train encounters a fusee burning on or near your track?
Immediately reduce to and not exceed restricted speed for 15 minutes after reaching restricted speed.
May radio communication and hand signals, except stop signals, be used simultaneously by a crew to direct train movements?
When must the engine bell be rung? (4 Answers)
1. When an engine is about to move, except after momentary stops in continuous switching movements.
2. While approaching and passing stations and public crossings at grade.
3. While moving through tunnels.
4. When approaching persons on or around the track structure.
When are you required to sound horn whistle signal 14L (2 longs, 1 short, 1 long)?
Approaching public crossings at grade, tunnels, yards or other points where railroad workers may be at work and when passing standing trains.
When approaching a highway crossing at grade at a speed of 30 MPH, when will you start soundiong horn signal 14L (2 longs, 1 short, 1 long)?
At lease 15 seconds but not more than 20 seconds before the lead engine enters the crossing.
While sounding signal 14L (2 longs, 1 short, 1 long) for a signal highway crossing at grade, how long will you sound this signal?
Repeated or prolonged until the engine or train has occupied the crossing.
While sounding signal 14L (2 longs, 1 short, 1 long) for multiple highway crossings at grade, how long will you sound this signal?
Repeated or prolonged until the engine or train is occupying the last crossing.
What is required when the horn on the lead engine fails to operate en route and no other engine can be used in the lead position?
Stop before fouling public crossings at grade and a crew member will provide warning at crossing until the lead engine occupies the crossing.
True or False:
It is permissible to dim the headlights of your train as you pass over the higway grade crossing if the crossing is occupied by another train?
When may the headlight of a train be extinguished? (3 Answers)
1. When a train is standing to be met or to be passed by another train in signaled territory.
2. When a train is standing on a track other than a main track.
3. On the end coupled to cars.
The headlight must be displayed dim under what 4 conditions?
1. At yards where switching is being done.
2. Approaching stations where passenger stops are to be made.
3. When standing close behind another train.
4. While standing on a main track in non-signaled territory, awaiting arrival of an approaching train that is to take the siding.
What must be adhered to when the headlight of a train fails en route and it is not equipped with operable ditch lights? (3 Answers)
1. The horn must be sounded frequently and the dispatcher notified at the first opportunity.
2. A White light must be displayed in it's place.
3. The bell must be rung continuously while the train is moving.
What 4 conditions or occurences affecting the movement of a train must a crewmember located in the operating cab of a radio-equipped engine announce by radio?
1. The name and location of each block and controlled point signal.
2. The train entry into each TWC authority, when entering a block from any location, and train departure from each TWC authority as soon as the block is reported clear to the train dispatcher.
3. Train entrance into a passing siding.
4. The presence of cars loaded with pulpwood or poles in the train when approaching trains and equipment on adjacent tracks.
Which of the following are true statements about the speed a train is permitted to operate?
1. Train speeds must be maintained to the extent feasible, consistent with safety.
2. Train speeds must not be exceeded.
3. Train speeds may be authorized by the rules, special instructions, signal indications, dispatcher messages, or other means.
4. When there is a difference in the speeds, the lowest speed will govern.
All of the above.
If a train enters a Temporary Reduce Speed Sign that is not covered by instructions, what 2 things must be done?
1. Reduce to controlled speed not exceeding 10 MPH for 2 miles after the leading end of the train passes the temporary reduce speed sign or the rear of the train passes a temporary end restriction sign.
2. An attempt must be made immediately to contact the train dispatcher.
How must trains operate when using tracks other than main or signaled tracks?
At a speed that will permit stopping within one-half the range of vision, short of a train, a car, an obstruction, a derail or an improperly lined switch, on-track equipment or a stop signal.
You have received permission of the roadway worker-in-charge to operate through the work limits. He did not specify a speed for you to move through the limits. How will you proceed?
Train will proceed at controlled speed not exceeding 20 MPH.
You have received permission to operate through the work limits of a dispatcher Rule 141 Form W (Conditional Stop) and are stopped by the defect detector. What 2 things are required?
1. You must contact the roadway worker-in-charge and advise of the reason for stopping and location of the train.
2. When you are ready to proceed, you must receive permission from the roadway worker-in-charge before begining movement.
What 3 things are required if the air brakes on the moving train goes into emergency, whether you initiate the emergency application, or it was undesired?
1. Provide warning for any adjacent track the dispatcher cannot protect.
2. Use the emergency tone to notify the dispatcher.
3. Immediately initiate an emergency radio transmission by saying; emergency, emergency, emergency, and provide the train ID, engine number, direction of travel, track number and milepost location.
After an emergency brake application (NOT A KEY TRAIN), your train brakes are released and brake pipe pressure is restored at the rear of the train. Visual inspection from the head end does not suggest any unsafe conditions. What must you do?
If the train is operating where there are no adjacent tracks, the train may proceed. If the train is operating where there are adjacent tracks, the train must be inspected, a roll-by inspection is permitted.
You are approaching a train that is reported to be in emergency and you have been given permission of the train dispatcher to pass. How must you proceed while passing the train which is in emergency?
At restricted speed until the leading end of your train has passed the furthest end of the standing train.
How must a train that is operating at restricted speed approach a public crossing at grade equipped with automatic grade crossing warning devices?
Perpared to stop, until it is determined that the warning devices are operating.
The dispatcher message states that the highway crossing warning devices at Oak Road crossing have an activation failure. As you approach the crossing, a signal maintainer tells you he is flagging the crossing. How do you operate?
Stop at the crossibg. A crewmember must flag the crossing and re-board.
How many hand brakes must be applied and tested on locomotives left unattended, outside a locomotive servicing track facility?
You must have hand brakes applied and tested on all locomotives left unattended.
What must be done before an electrically locked switch or derail may be operated to enter a signaled track or to crossover from one such track to another?
The conductor or engineer must obtain permission from the train dispatcher.
When re-crewing a train at other than a crew change point, whom must the crew contact for instructions before proceeding?
The train dispatcher.
A severe weather warning has been issued to your freight train that is operating on a subdivision allowing 55 MPH as the maximum speed authorized. How are you required to operate in the limits of the severe weather warning? (3 Answers)
1. If unusual heavy rain or high water is encountered within the limits, you must approach bridges, culverts including other points likely to be affected within these limits at restricted speed.
2. Promptly notify the train dispatcher when observing conditions that may affect the safe movement of trains.
3. Operate through the limits not exceeding 40 MPH until the leading engine reaches the far limits.
REF: 141 Form F
You have a dispatcher message Form H (Heat Warning) in effect. The maximum authorized speed for the territory is 60 MPH. However, your train is resticted to 50 MPH due to equipment restrictions. What is the maximum speed you can operate your train?
REF: 141 Form H
You have a dispatcher message Rule 141 Form M (Malfunctioning Automatic Road Crossing Warning Device), under what conditions may you proceed with caution at a maximum speed of 15 MPH?
The reported faillure is a false partial or an activation failure and there is a flagger present, but not one fore each direction of traffic.
REF: 141 Form M
You have a dispatcher message based on Rule 141 Form M (Malfunctioning Automatic Road Crossing Warning Device), under what condition must you stop before fouling the crossing?
The reported failure is an activation failure and there is no flagger or police officer present.
REF: 141 Form M
When completing Form EC-1, how must the information be shown? (4 Answers)
1. The information must be legible.
2. Receiving employees will cirlce the number preceeding the applicable Form EC-1 line.
3. The information must contain authorized abbreviations only.
4. The information must be without erasure or alteration, unless directed by the train dispatcher.
Under what 3 circumstances must a train be stopped before Form EC-1 instructions are transmitted?
1. When receiving and copying the instructions will impair the safety of the train.
2. When the employee operating the equipment must copy the instructions.
3. When the employee at the controls cannot be fully advised of the situation and cannot comply with the instructions given.
The train dispatcher has issued Form EC-1 instructions to your train and the conductor has repeated these instructions. After issuing his "OK" time and initials, the train dispatcher detects an error, which must be corrected. How must that be done?
The Form EC-1 must be cancelled and a new one issued.
Who may secure the authority from the train dispatcher to enter TWC territory?
Any crewmember when directed by and under the direct supervision of the conductor or engineer.
What is your responsiblity if you fail to stop the train before it passes the limits of the TWC authority you have? (2 Answers)
1. Notify the train dispatcher.
2. Provide warning as prescibed by Rule 70.
The train has TWC authority to move in one direction. How can a reverse movement be made within the limits of the block?
With permission of the train dispatcher and operate at restricted speed.
What 4 conditions would allow for a train to report clear of TWC limits?
1. The rear-end marker is observed by a track inspector.
2. The rear car's initials and number is verified by a member of the crew.
3. The train is clearing th main track at a hand-operated switch, the train is clear the main track and the switch (and derail, if equipped) is restored to normal position.
4. Th train passes a defect detector, after exiting the block, that gives an axle count that agrees with the count of a previous defect detector or with an acutal count made by a crewmember.
With regard to operating hand operated switches in non-signaled TWC territory, which of the following statements is apply?
1. During continuous switching operatioins, the conductor is required to immediately notify the train dispatcher only when a switch is initially opened and restored to normal position.
2. Enter information on the Switch Position Awareness Form in ink.
3. Engineer and conductor must sign and retain the form for 5 days.
4. The engineer/co-worker initials must be on the Switch Position Awareness Form.
1., 2., 4.
REF: 165A & B
What must be done before equipment is left unattended on a main track where TWC rules are in effect? (4 Answers)
1. The equipment left unattended must be secured.
2. The train dispatcher must be advised of the specific locations of both ends of the equipment.
3. Permission from the train dispatcher must be obtained.
4. The train dispatcher must be advised of the total number of engine untis or cars being left unattended.
How are limits of DCS track warrant authorities defined?
How must all trains move when occupying non-signaled main track yard limits?
Controlled speed, not exceeding 20 MPH and prepared to stop at hand-operated switches on non-signaled track.
How must trains approach the beginning of signaled territory?
Prepared to comply with the first block signal in service.
You are operating on a slow approach indication. You observe the next signal to a be clear indication. May you operate according to a clear indication prior to reaching the clear signal?
Yes after the rear of the train passes through all crossovers and turnouts.
At what speed must a train proceed when it is stopped for any reason after passing a block signal where Automatic Block Signal rules are in effect?
Proceed prepare to stop at the next signal and do not exceed 40 MPH unless governed by a lower speed.
What is your responsibility if you are operating in signaled territory and the train's speed is reduced to 15 MPH or less after passing a signal governing the approach to a railroad crossing at grade or the beginning of signaled territory?
You must approach the next signal prepared to stop.
You pass a clear indication on a signal governing the approach to home signal not at a railroad crossing at grade or the beginning of signaled territroy. If your train's speed is reduced to 10 MPH, how must you approach the home signal?
Prepared to stop and not exceeding 40 MPH unless governed by a slower speed.
How far does a signal requiring restricted speed apply when operating in signaled territory?
Until the leading end of the train reaches the next goeverning signal.
To what extent does a signal requiring restricted speed apply when the signal governs movement into non-signaled territory?
Until the leading end of the train reaches the end of the signaled territory and the entire train has passed through turnouts and crossovers.
You get your train at a designated crew change point and receive permission to proceed. The signal for your train is 1/4 mile away and displays a clear indication. How do you proceed.
At restricted speed to the next signal.
What is your responsibilty if your train overruns an authortity on a track that is signaled in both directions?
Notify the train dispatcher and provide warning as prescribed by Rule 70 (Providing Warning).
What is your responsibility when you are required to pass a signal displaying a stop indication?
Receive permission of the train dispatcher and comply with any instructions the train dispatcher gives you.
After permission to pass a stop signal has been confirmed;
1. How fast can you operate?
2. How far does that speed apply?
1. Restricted speed.
2. Until the entire train has cleared all control point switches or spring switches and the leading wheels have passed a more favorable signal or entered non-signaled territory.
If your train is operating on a signal indication more favorable than approach and you encounter a stop or restricted signal, what is your responsibility?
Comply with the signal indication consistant with good train handling, unless conditions require emergency brake application, and report the occurance to the train dispatcher.
If during the course of your trip, you discover a signal that is imperfectly displayed or do not find a fixed signal where one is usually displayed, what must you do?
Be governed as if the imperfectly displayed signal or absent signal was displaying the most restrictive indication that could be conveyed by that signal.
Color light signals are in effect. You approach a signal equipped with a number plate and the top unit is not illuminated. What action is required to comply with this signal.
You must reduce to and proceed at restricted speed to the next signal. This is an intermediate signal and it is imperfectly displayed.
When a dual-controlled, power-operated switch is in the "HAND" position, how may switching movements pass a stop signal that governs movement over the switch?
At restricted speed.
When a signal system has suspended, what 4 precautions must trains take unless specified by a dispatcher message?
1. Stop at drawbridges and railroad crossings at grade and be governed by rules or special instructions in effect for that particular location.
2. Approach all public crossings at grade that are equipped automatic grade crossing warning devicesprepared to stop unless warning devices are operating.
3. Examine switch points to ensure they are lined and secured before making facing point movements over spring switches.
4. Approach all absolute signals prepared to stop and not pass these signals without permission from the train dispatcher.
What is required for a train to enter signaled territory where Automatic Block Signal Rules are in effect?
Block signal indication or permission of the train dispatcher.
After receiving permission to enter a track where automatic block signal rules are in effect, what is required when entrance is gained through a hand-operated switch that is not electronically locked or equipped with a bolt lock?
The crew must wait 5 minutes after the switch or switches is/are opened.
In ABS territory you are given permission to come out on the main line at a location that is not equipped with a signal. How will you operate to the next signal?
At restricted speed until the entire train has entered the block and the leading wheels have passed the next block signal.
You are operating in ABS territory. You need to make a reverse movement that is entirely within the block. May you make a reverse movement without permission of the train dispatcher?
Yes, as long as the reverse move is made at controlled speed and is preceded by a crewmember positioned a sufficient distance to stop a train moving at controlled speed.
When operating with the current of traffic in Rule 251 (Track Signaled In One Direction) territory, and it becomes necessary to make a reverse movement beyond the limits of the block, what is required?
An authority, as prescribed by non-signaled TWC rules.
You are operating your train at 50 MPH and observe a clear indication on the next governing signal. Prior to reaching the signal, it changes to a stop indication. You observe that the track ahead is clear. What action is required?
Take immediate action to stop the train consistent with good train handling techniques and report the signal change to the train dispatcher.
Which of the following communications must be repeated?
1. Communications related to yard switching operations.
2. A recorded message from an automatice alarm device.
3. Communications general in nature and do not cantain any information, instructions, or advice affecting railroad safety.
4. Oral instructions that concern the movement of trains or on-track equipment.
When radios are used in connection with switching, backing or pushing a train, locomotive, car, or on-track equipment, what must the instructions given by the person directing the movement specify?
1. The distance of the movement to be made or the sight distance available, whichever is less, in 50 foot car lengths.
2. The position of any switches involved with the move.
3. The employee directing the movement physical location and is clear of all tracks.
You are moving on the train that is being inspected by a track foreman. The foreman informs you that smoke was observed in the rear 1/3 of your train. What action is required?
Stop you train. Inspect both sides of the entire train.
REF: 4250 ABTH
An alarm sounds when passing over a detector. What action is required?
Reduce train speed to level that will permit it to be stopped promptly after it has passed over the detector.
REF: 4302 ABTH
The greeting message was not received. The inspection result message indicated a "hot bearing detector malfunction", "hot bearing detector not working", or "dragging equipment detector malfunction" message. What action is required?
Stop. Inspect the entire train for defects.
REF: 4303 ABTH
The axle count is more than what is known to be in the train. The Customer Service Center determines that the extra cars in your train are hazardous material cars. What action is required?
Obtain new CSX Train Documentation within 5 miles from the point you are notified that the excess cars are hazardous materials cars or obtain a radio waybill from the train dispatcher.
REF: 4307 ABTH
General speed restrictions concerning locomotives are:
1. 30 MPH with a single-unit consist without cars attached.
2. 70 MPH with a locomotive consist containing a freight locomotive.
3. 30 MPH with multiple-unit consist without cars attached.
4. Freight train speed when handling a multiple-unit locomotive consist without cars attached.
1., 2., 4.
REF: 4350 ABTH
Freight trains handling one or more empty cars, except solid intermodal trains with empty TOFC/COFC and multiple auto rack cars, are restricted to ____ MPH?
REF: 4400 ABTH
Locomotives and cars can be shoved at a speed not exceeding ____ MPH.
REF: 4400 ABTH
You are instructed to pick up 30 loads of grain. Where must they be placed in the train?
On the head end of the train next behind the engine.
REF: 4465 ABTH
An emergency has occured and there is no fire or vapor cloud detected. The train is being inspected when a hazardous materials release and/or unusual noises or smells are encountered. What is required? (4 Answers)
1. Avoid contact with the materials and it's vapors.
2. Move yourself and other crewmembers upwind and uphill at least 1/2 mile, staying out of ditches and low areas.
3. Do not smoke, use fusees or any other ignition source.
4. Warn all bystanders to stay away.
REF: 6503 ABTH
Which actions should be taken in sensitive areas such as in tunnels, bridges, passenger stations and platforms and yards with hazardous materials cars? (3 Answers)
1. Immediately report the theft or loss of company issued equipment.
2. When making a report, provide as much detail as possible about where the incident occurred, when the incident occurred, who waas involved, other witnesses, and descriptions of suspicious individuals.
3. Immediately report, to the proper authorities, any suspicious persons (including trespassers), activities or objects encountered.
REF: 6601 HM
A job briefing must be conducted when? (4 Answers)
1. Before begining a work activity.
2. When another person joins the crew.
3. When work activity or work conditions change.
4. When handling a hand-operated main track switch in non-signaled territory.
REF: GS-3 Safe Way
How is 3-Step Protection provided when using conventional equipment? (4 Answers)
1. Place the independent brake in FULL APPLICATION.
2. Place reverser lever in CENTER.
3. Make a brake pipe reduction suffiecient to hold the equipment, if necessary.
4. Place generator field switch in the OFF position.
REF: TS-15 Safe Way
When descending a ladder or steps, before getting off the equipment, what must you make certain of?
To stop at the bottom step or ladder rung to make the required ground observation before dismounting.
REF: GS-12 Safe Way
True or False:
Do not adjust the height of a locomotive cab seat by yourself unless the seat is equipped with a spring-assisted adjustment mechanism.
REF: TS-14 Safe Way
Before going around the end of standing equipment, how far must you be from standing equipment?
REF: GS-10 Safe Way
Concerning flat spots on wheels, what is a non-compying condition for a locomotive?
Flat spots exceeding 2 1/2 inches and flat spots exceeding 2 inches wide which are spaced within 1 1/2 inches of each other.
REF: 4153 ABTH
When movement at restricted speed is required, in addition to not exceeding 15 MPH, how also must your train operate?
Prepared to stop within 1/2 the range of vision, short of a train, a car, an obstruction, a stop signal, a derail or an improperly lined switch. Also be on the lookout for broken rail.
Before acting on a mandatory directive the conductor and engineer must have what in their possession?
Have a written copy and make sure it is read and understood by all members of the crew.
What is required to be in the possession of a crewmember before transporting a hazardous material in a train?
Acceptable shipping papers, emergency response information, and a document showing the current position of the hazardous material shipment in the train.
REF: 6101 HM
When the train is moving and the hand signal disappears from view, what action should be taken by the engineer?
Stop the movement immediately and await further signals, unless arrangements have been made in regard of the movement.
A train must be stopped using an emergency application of the air brakes on decending grades of 1 percent or more, as designated by special instructions, if what conditions occur?
The train speed reaches 5 MPH or more than the maximum speed permitted for that train OR the automatic braking system fails to respond normally.
It has been determined that a car must be set out due to a hot bearing. The closest location where the car can be set out is 3 miles away. How will you move the car to that location?
Cut out the air brake on the car and the movement must not exceed 4 MPH.
REF: 4105 ABTH
What conditions are imposed on a Key Train when a defect is reported by a wayside/trackside warning detector but a visual inspection fails to confirm evidence of a defect? (2 Answers)
1. If the same car sets off the next detector or is found to be defective, it must be set out from the train.
2. The train must not exceed 30 MPH until it has passed over the next wayside detector or is delivered to a terminal for a mechanical inspection.
REF: 6404 HM
What authorizes a train to enter and move within main track yard limits?
Permission of the train dispatcher or signal indication.
Under which situations may a train clear a track at a hand-operated switch, where Rule 261 (Track Signaled in Both Directions) is in effect? (2 Answers)
1. When the speed over the switch is 20 MPH or less.
2. When the switch is equipped with an electric lock or switch equipped with a signal.
What is your responsibility if you operate your train into the limits of a TWC authority without authorization? (2 Answers)
1. Notify the train dispatcher.
2. Provide warning as prescribed by Rule 70.
With regard to operating hand-operated switches in non-signaled TWC territory, which of the following statements apply?
1. During continuous switching operations, the conductor is required to immediately notify the train dispatcher only when a switch is initially opened and restored to normal position?
2. Enter the information on a Switch Position Awareness Form in ink.
3. The conductor must sign and retain the form for 5 days.
4. The engineer/co-worker initials must be on the Switch Position Awareness Form.
All of the above.
A train encounters a warning sign that is not covered by instructions. Which of the following apply?
1. proceed at controlled speed until released by the train dispatcher.
2. Proceed prepared to stop within 2 miles. If no conditional stop or temporary reduce speed sign is encountered within 2 miles, the train must proceed at restricted speed for an additional mile.
3. If no conditional stop or temporary reduce speed sign is encountered within 2 miles, the train will proceed at controlled speed for 2 miles and then may operate at maximum authorized speed unless otherwise restricted.
4. The occurence must be reported to the train dispatcher.
If the engineer fails to control the train in accordance with a signal indication or restriction imposed upon his train, other members of the crew must do what? (2 Answers)
1. Caution the engineer.
2. If necessary, take action to ensure the safety of the train (including stopping the movement).
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