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When there is uncertainty regarding application of rules, instructions or procedures, what must employees do?
- 1) Take the safe course
- 2) Contact a supervisor for clarification
When rules and special instructions conflict, what order should you use?
- 1) Special instructions supersede rules.
- 2) Dispatcher messages supersede special instructions and rules; and
- 3) Form EC-1 instructions supersede dispatcher messages, special instructions, and rules
When on duty what must employees have available for use?
All rule books and special instructions that are in effect
Before entering, using or dispatching controlled tracks, each employee operating on CSX tracks must be in possession of his or her own current copy of which documents?
- 1) Rule books specified by System Bulletins
- 2) Applicable Timetable instructions
- 3) System Bulletins
- 4) Applicable division bulletins
CSX Employees performing service on foreign line tracks are governed by the foreign line and must carry the rules, timetables, and special instructions of that line. True or False
When a rule book or timetable is reissued or amended, it supersedes all previous versions on the effective date and time. Employees must :
- 1) Obtain a copy
- 2) Verify the document is complete
- 3) Have the document(s) available for use
Before beginning work, employees must determine if any bulletins or notices have been issued since their last tour of duty and :
- 1) Read and comply with all of the bulletins that affect their tour of duty
- 2) Read and comply with the information contained in notices
What are the differences between System and General Bulletins?
- 1) System bulletins implement changes in rules and system wide operating practices
- 2) Division bulletins implement changes in TTSI
- 3) Procedural Instruction Manuals implement changes in train dispatching operating practices
System and Division bulletins will :
- 1) Be numbered consecutively
- 2) Expire at 2359 on the last day of March, June, September, and December
- 3) Be reissued, as necessary, effective 0001 on the first day of January, April, July, and October
CSX Standard can be determined by :
- 1) Time displayed by the dispatching system
- 2) Contacting the control station
- 3) Calling RNX 388-5000 or Bell (904) 381-5000
What are the general requirement for your watch?
- 1) Must indicate hours, minutes and seconds
- 2) Must not lose or gain more than one minute in a 12 hour period
Who is responsible for syncing with CSX standard time?
- Employees who are required to carry a watch (102.2) must verify the watch is set to CSX standard time before beginning work activity and:
- 1) The ranking employee of the crew or working group is to set his or her watch to CSX standard time
- 2) Other employees of teh crew or working group are to set their watches to that of the ranking employee
When involved in an on duty accident or incident what must be provided to a supervisor?
All issued documents and all Form EC-1
When reporting defective brakes, hot journals, defective couplers or other defect, what type of information must be reported to the train dispatcher?
- 1) TTSI direction for end of car
- 2) A or B end of car
- 3) Coupler type (E/F)
- 4) Possible damage to track, switched, or other structures
- 5) Obstruction to adjacent tracks
At the beginning of the tour of duty, there must be a minimum of 6 red fusees and 1 red flag on what?
- 1) Lead locomotive of every train
- 2) Rear car of passenger trains
- 3) Shoving platforms
- 4) Occupied caboose
What flagging signals are to be used in day or night?
- When providing warning signals, employees must use:
- !) Red flag or fusees during the day
- 2) White light or red fusees at night or during the day when signals can not be plainly seen
Where should fusees not be placed?
- 1) Platforms
- 2) Bridges
- 3) Buildings
- 4) Composition-rubber surfaces of road crossings
- 5) Other fire prone locations
What are the minimum distances required to provide warning against approaching trains?
- 1/4 Mile - 20MPH or less
- 1/2 Mile - 21-30MPH
- 1 Mile - 31-40MPH
- 1.5 Miles - 41-90MPH
- 2 Miles - 91MPH or greater
What must you do when required to provide head end warning against approaching trains?
- 1) Be equipped with flagging equipment
- 2) Immediately go to the minimum warning distance ahead of train
- 3) Display one lighted fusee
- 4) Remain at that location until warning is no longer required
When required to provide warning against approaching trains on adjacent tracks, what are you required to do?
- 1) Be equipped with flagging equipment
- 2) Immediately place a lighted fusee on any adjacent track at the head of the train
- 3) Go to the minimum warning distance in the direction of an approaching train
- 4) Remain at that location until protection is no longer required
If your train fouls a controlled track without authority, what are you required to do?
- 1) Immediately notify the train dispatcher
- 2) Provide protection against trains on that track for the minimum required warning distances in both directions
When is warning against approaching trains not required?
- 1) When relieved by the train dispatcher
- 2) Communication is established with all affected movements
What are the requirements for hand, flag or lantern signals?
- Hand, flag or lantern signals must:
- 1) Be given sufficiently in advance to permit compliance
- 2) Be used when continuous visual contact exists between the locomotive operator and the employee directing the movement
- 3) Not be used simultaneously with radio communication, except when a stop is required
- Employee giving hand, flag or lantern signals must remain in a position to be clearly seen and give signals that:
- 1) Prevent misunderstanding
- 2) correspond to the direction the locomotive is headed
- Employees receiving hand, flag or lantern signals must keep a constant lookout for signals. If there is any doubt as to the meaning of the instructions or for whom the instructions are intended, the movement must:
- 1) Stop immediately
- 2) Not resume until the the instructions are understood
- A hand, flag or lantern signal to proceed does not relieve employees from compliance with rules or fixed signals that restrict movement or require a stop.
- Before changing from hand, flag or lantern signaling to radio signaling or vice versa all crew members must:
- 1) Be notified
- 2) Acknowledge their understanding
Ring the bell before moving a locomotive that has been stopped one minute or more, and while:
- 1) Approaching and passing passenger stations
- 2) Approaching and passing over public crossings at grade
- 3) Moving through tunnels
- 4) Approaching persons on or around the track structure
- 5) Approaching and passing roadway workers identified by white or orange hard hats
When are you required to blow the horn with --0-, Two shorts, a long, and a short?
- 1) Approaching public highway grade crossings. Sound the horn for at least 15 seconds, but no more than 20 seconds, before the lead locomotive enters the crossing. Trains or locomotives traveling at speeds greater than 45 MPH shall begin sounding the horn at or about, but not more than, 1/4 mile in advance of the nearest public crossing, even if the advance warning provided by the horn will be less than 15 seconds in duration. This signal is to be prolonged or repeated until the train or locomotive occupies the crossing or, where multiple crossings are involved, until the last crossing is occupied.
- 2) Approaching and passing roadway workers identified by white or orange hard hats
- 3) Approaching tunnels, yards, or other points where railroad workers may be present
- 4) Meeting and passing standing trains.
How must the horn be sounded when approaching passenger stations?
How must the horn be sounded when proceeding or reversing after being stopped for one minute or more?
(Does not apply to switching movements)
How must the horn be sounded when running against the current of traffic:
1) Approaching stations, curves, or other points where view may be obscured
2) Approaching and passing passenger or freight trains ??
- - 0
- One long and one short blast
When the lead locomotive horn fails enroute what are you required to do?
- Notify the train dispatcher or yardmaster and
- 1) Move another locomotive with a working horn to the lead
- 2) Stop and protect all highway crossings at grade.
Which number lights are to be displayed?
Locomotive number lights are only to be illuminated on the locomotive identifying the train.
When can the headlight on the leading end of a train be dimmed?
- The headlight on the leading end of a train must be dimmed when:
- 1) Required to provide for the safety of employees
- 2) At yards where switching is being done
- 3) Approaching passenger stations where stops are to be made
- 4) Standing behind a stopped train
- 5) Standing on a main track in Non-Signalled teritory
- 6) Approaching and passing a locomotive consist on the head end and rear end of a train on adjacent track
- 7) Using hand signals
When may a headlight be turned off?
- Headlight may be turned off when:
- 1) Standing on a controlled track in signalled territory or
- 2) Standing on a track other than a main track or
- 3) On the end of the locomotive coupled to cars
What do you do if the leading headlight fails enroute?
Notify train dispatcher or yardmaster and:
- A) Provided the lead locomotive has two working auxiliary lights, the train may continue unrestricted to the next point where headlight can be repaired or
- B) If lead locomotive does not have two working auxiliary lights, the train must operate under the following conditions:
- 1) Display a white light on the leading end at night
- 2) Ring bell continuously while moving
- 3) Sound the horn frequently
- 4) Reduce train speed when necessary to ensure safety
- 5) Continue to the next point where it can be repaired
When must both ditch lights be operational
When the leading end of a train is equipped with auxiliary lights, both lights must operate properly before departing the initial terminal. The auxiliary lights must be on when headlight is required to be on bright.
When can ditch lights be turned off?
- Auxiliary lights:
- 1) Must be turned off when stopped or
- 2) May be turned off when vision is impaired by reflection from smoke, fog, or other condition and the train is not approaching or passing over a highway-rail crossing at grade.
What do you do when ditch lights fail enroute?
- Contact the train dispatcher or yardmaster and
- 1) If one light fails, the train may continue until the next calendar day inspection or
- 2) If both lights fail:
- A) Do not exceed 20 MPH over highway-rail crossings at grade and
- B) Continue to next location where repairs can be made
When must an end-of-train marker (EOT or flag) be displayed when occupying a controlled track?
Where the authority for movement is or includes Main track Yard Limits, Signaled or Non Signaled.
What is an appropriate End-Of-Train marker from one hour before sunset until one hour after sunrise, or when conditions restrict visibility to 1/2 mile or less on tangent track?
- 1) An illuminated red or orange-amber light
- 2) A red or orange-amber light equipped with automatic activation.
- 3) A red flag only when moving no firther than the next repair point if a defective car prevents the placement of an illuminated marker.
The rear locomotive headlight on dim may be used for an end-of-train marker for:
- 1) A locomotive consist without cars
- 2) A single locomotive
- 3) A locomotive on the rear of a train
How are End of Train marker lights to be inspected?
- If a marker is required to be illuminated, it must be inspected before departing the initial terminal or crew change point by:
- 1) Crew member or other qualified employee or
- 2) Information displayed by the HTD
How must inspection of an End of Train marker be made by somebody other than a crew member?
- If the inspection of a marker is to be performed by an employee who is not a member of the train
- crew, protection must be provided before the employee fouls the equipment. The protection must be:
- a.Blue signal protection when the train is standing on other than a main track, or
- b.Obtained by the employee when the train is standing on a main track. Prior to fouling the
- equipment to perform the inspection, the employee must confirm three-step protection has
- been applied by the locomotive operator.
How do you test a marker light?
- When performing an inspection of a marker that is required to be illuminated, the employee
- performing the inspection must:
- 1.Verify the marker is illuminated or will illuminate by pressing the activation switch or covering
- the photoelectric cell, and
- 2.Communicate the results to the locomotive operator.
What is required when an End of Train marker fails enroute?
- If a marker fails en route:
- 1.Report the occurrence to the train dispatcher, and
- 2.Proceed to the next location where the marker light can be repaired or replaced.
When is two way telemetry required?
- Freight trains must be equipped with armed and working two-way telemetry unless one of the
- following conditions is met:
- a.Train is light locomotives only, or
- b.A crewmember has the ability to initiate an emergency brake application from the rear third
- of the train, or
- c. Train has 4,000 trailing tons or less and will not exceed 30 MPH or operate on a section of
- track where grade is 2% or more, or
- d.Train has more than 4,000 trailing tons and will not exceed 30 MPH or operate on a section
- of track where grade is 1% or more.
What is the procedure for arming two way telemetry?
- Perform the following procedure to arm two-way telemetry:
- 1.Enter the ID code of the EOT into the head-of-train device (HTD),
- 2.Press the TEST button on the EOT,
- 3.Press the appropriate ARM NOW button on the HTD, and
- 4.Make certain that emergency capability is established as indicated by an EMERG ENABLED
- or ARMED message.
How do you properly test an EOT for two way telemetry?
- When notified by the mechanical department that the emergency capability of telemetry passed a
- bench test, no further test is required. When telemetry is not bench tested, perform the following test:
- 1.Charge the brake pipe to the required pressure for the train,
- 2.Close the angle cock between the rear car and the EOT,
- 3.Activate the emergency feature on the HTD,
- 4.Make certain the air pressure immediately exhausts from the EOT and the readouts on the
- EOT and HTD indicate zero pressure, and
- 5.Open the angle cock between the rear car and the EOT and verify that air pressure is
What are you required to do to the HTD when cutting away from a train?
- Two-way telemetry must be disarmed when the locomotive is cut off and will no longer be the
- controlling locomotive on the train. To disarm emergency capability:
- 1.Change the code in the HTD to 00000, and
- 2.Press the appropriate button to disarm.
When can you use telemetry to perform an air brake test?
- Telemetry can be used to perform air brake tests and meet two-way equipped requirements when the
- following conditions are met:
- 1.The controlling locomotive has an operative HTD,
- 2.The rear car is equipped with an operative EOT capable of two-way communication, and
- 3.The readouts displayed by the EOT and HTD do not differ by more than three PSI.
Are head end helpers required to have two way communication with the EOT?
- When a helper locomotive is coupled ahead of the controlling locomotive of the train, the helper
- locomotive is not required to be equipped with an HTD capable of two-way telemetry or to be armed
- to the EOT as long as all of the following conditions are met:
- 1.Two-way radio communication is established and maintained between the locomotive
- operators of the helper locomotive and the locomotive of the train,
- 2.The locomotive operators of the helper locomotive and the train must confirm radio
- communication before the train resumes operation and before reaching the crest of the
- grade, and
- 3.The train must be stopped when radio communication is lost.
What are the communication failure messages displayed on an HTD?
- Two-way telemetry must be regarded as failed en route when it cannot be armed at a location other
- than the originating terminal or when messages indicating the following are displayed on the HTD:
- a.Dead battery, or
- b.Replace battery, or
- c. Valve failure, or
- d.Disarmed, or
- e.Front-to-rear no communication.
- NOTE: Rear-to-front no communication is not a failure message.
What is required when encountering a failure of two way telemetry on a freight train?
- A freight train that has an en route failure of two-way telemetry must not exceed 30 MPH and must
- not traverse a 2% grade unless one of the following conditions are met:
- a.An occupied helper locomotive or an occupied caboose or shoving platform equipped to
- initiate an emergency brake application is coupled to the rear of the train. The employees
- on the head and rear must:
- 1.Ensure radio communication is established and maintained,
- 2.Verify communication just prior to cresting the grade,
- 3.Stop the train if safe to do so if communication fails before cresting the grade,
- 4.Initiate an emergency application of the air brakes if train speed exceeds
- authorized speed by 5 MPH or more.
- b.A radio-controlled locomotive capable of initiating an emergency brake application from a
- command from the controlling locomotive is in the rear one-third of the train and under the
- control of the locomotive operator on the head end.
Which HTD defects must be reported on the locomotive work report?
- Immediately report the EOT or HTD defect to the train dispatcher, yardmaster, or mechanical desk
- when any of the following below occur. Record HTD defects on the locomotive work report.
- a.Low or failed battery; or
- b.Loss of communication; or
- c. Failure to establish or loss of emergency capability; or
- d.Defective or inoperative marker, motion detector, or air pressure sensing equipment.
What are Limited, Medium, Slow and Restricted speeds?
- The following terms apply when used to authorize train speed:
- a.Limited Speed: A speed not exceeding 45 MPH.
- b.Medium Speed: A speed not exceeding 30 MPH.
- c. Slow Speed: A speed not exceeding 15 MPH.
- d.Restricted Speed: A speed that permits stopping within one-half the range of vision. It also
- permits stopping short of a train, a car, on-track equipment, an obstruction, a Stop signal, a
- derail, or an improperly lined switch. It permits looking out for broken rail. It is not to exceed
- 15 MPH.
How fast can you go on tracks other than main or signaled tracks?
- Trains using other than main or signaled tracks must move at a speed that permits stopping within
- one-half the range of vision, short of a train, a car, on-track equipment, an obstruction, a Stop signal,
- a derail, or an improperly lined switch and must not exceed:
- a.25 MPH on non-signaled sidings; or
- b.15 MPH when moving to and from the main track, operating through hand-operated switches
- not equipped with a signal; or
- c. 10 MPH when not moving to or from the main track, operating through hand-operated
- switches; or
- d.10 MPH on other than main tracks or signaled tracks; or
- e.5 MPH within designated locomotive service track or car shop repair track areas.
What are the general maximum authorized speeds for trains? I.E. Signal suspension, against the current of traffic, unattended fusee etc.?
- The following speeds must not be exceeded:
- a.70 MPH for passenger trains with multi-level auto-racks or auto frame equipment, or
- b.59 MPH for passenger trains operating within the limits of a signal suspension or against the
- current of traffic, or
- c. 49 MPH for freight trains operating within the limits of a signal suspension or against the
- current of traffic, or
- d.10 MPH for trains operating on excepted track, or
- e.Restricted speed for 15 minutes for trains that encounter an unattended burning fusee near
- the track, unless the fusee is beyond the first rail of an adjacent track.
When are crew members required to notify the engineer of any condition that requires the train to reduce speed or stop?
Not more than 5 miles, but not less than two miles before reaching the condition.
What is required when the train speed is not controlled?
- If the locomotive operator fails to control the train in accordance with authorized speed, other
- crewmembers must take action to ensure the safety of the train. When train speed exceeds
- authorized speed by:
- a.Less than 5 MPH, other crewmembers must direct the locomotive operator to slow the train
- to authorized speed, or
- b.5 MPH or more, other crewmembers must direct the locomotive operator to stop the train
- and immediately report the occurrence to the proper authority. The train must not proceed
- until released.
When are you required to stop the train using an emergency brake application?
- 301.3 Make an emergency air brake application to stop the train if the:
- a. Automatic braking system fails to respond as expected, or
- b. Locomotive operator fails to take action when the train is required to stop, or
- c. Locomotive operator becomes incapacitated.
- 301.4 On a descending grade designated in special instructions as steep grade, trains reaching 5 MPH above the authorized speed must be stopped using an emergency brake application. After the train stops, the following actions must be taken:
- 1. Report the occurrence to the train dispatcher,
- 2. Apply sufficient hand brakes to secure the train,
- 3. Fully recharge the air brakes and make a minimum reduction,
- 4. Visually inspect each car to determine that the brake shoes are against each wheel, and
- 5. Wait for authorization from a supervisor before resuming train movement.