Power off and store all personal electronic and electrical devices, including earpieces, when:
Train or locomotive is moving
Any member of the crew is on the ground during a switching operation
Any railroad employee is assisting in the preparation of a train for movement, or
Located within dispatcher, yardmaster, or operator offices
Personal or railroad provided electronic devices may be used in the event of emergency or for __________ in case of radio or other communication failure.
True or False
Use radios only to perform company business or to contribute to safety.
True or False
Only a member of the same crew may transmit information about the position or aspect displayed by a fixed signal to train and engine employees.
Employees must keep radios:
In the ON position with volume adjusted to receive communications, and
Set for the proper channel
Before departing an originating terminal, what are the radio requirements for a train?
A working radio in the occupied controlling locomotive, and
Either a working radio on another locomotive in the consist, or other means of wireless communication
Prior to beginning a work assignment, how do you test each radio and wireless voice communication device?
Initiate a voice transmission with another radio, and
Receive a confirmation of clarity
If the working radio on an occupied, controlling locomotive fails en route, the train can continue until the earlier of what?
Next calendar day inspection is performed, or
Reaches the next forward location where facilities are available to repair or replace the radio
Repeat radio communications from the train dispatcher that govern the movement of trains or on-track equipment on controlled tracks. Before acting upon any instructions, both parties must:
Confirm their mutual understanding of the communication, and
Give their initials to the other party
Can the employee operating a moving train copy or repeat copied information?
What do you use an emergency transmission to report?
Emergency applications of the air brakes
Storms, washouts, or flooding that affect safe rail operations
Fires on the right of way, bridges, or track structure
Obstructions to the track
Any other condition that could cause injury to employees or public, or derailment or damage to property
What are you required to do when making an emergency transmission?
Transmit Emergency Emergency Emergency
Describe situation and location
If no response is received, take necessary actions to ensure safety
What must you do when mandatory directives (EC-1) have been fulfilled, annulled, or canceled?
Clearly mark the directive with an X, and
Keep EC-1 for 7 days
Information that is required to be copied must only be transmitted to moving equipment when the restriction is not within 3 miles unless:
Movement has been stopped, and
Employee operating the controls has been advised of the situation and can comply
Do not act on a radio communication if:
Not in compliance with operating rules
If an exchange of communications using short identification continues without interruption, when must positive identification be repeated?
Every 15 minutes
How must trains and on-track equipment approach a work location that is in special instructions, dispatcher message, or for EC-1?
Approach prepared to comply with the instructions of the flagman
When can a Key Train proceed after going into emergency?
A walking inspection of entire train is performed. If stopped at a location where it is not possible to inspect the train safely, if safe to do so, the train may be moved not exceeding 5 MPH to the nearest place the inspection can be performed, and
The inspection reveals it is safe to proceed
When the train goes into emergency with NO adjacent tracks can you proceed?
Yes, if :
Train is not a Key Train
Train brakes release
Brake pipe pressure is restored at the rear
Visual inspection from the head end does not indicate any unsafe conditions
At railroad crossings at grade equipped with Stop signs, a train must not pass the Stop sign and must remain clear of the crossing until:
Special instructions governing the use of the crossing have been met, or
Given a proceed signal by a flagman if present, or
There is no conflicting movement and it is safe to do so
Where can you not leave equipment standing and unattended between when dealing with railroad crossings at grade?
Opposing signals of a railroad crossing at grade, or
Derails that protect a railroad crossing at grade
What document is the crew required to have prior to entering or occupying a track that is out of service?
Dispatcher message, or
When a train goes into emergency and there ARE adjacent tracks, when can the train proceed?
A walking inspection of the entire train is performed, or
A roll-by inspection not exceeding 10 MPH is performed as long as the train meets certain conditions: Not a Key train, adjacent track is not occupied, train brakes release, brake pipe pressure restored at rear, visual inspection from head end does not indicate any unsafe condition
When protecting track that has a maximum authorized speed of 50 mph (41-90), how far should protection be provided?
1 1/2 miles
What must be done if a train fouls a controlled track without authority?
Immediately notify train dispatcher, and
Provide protection against trains on that track for the minimum required warning distances in both directions
When shoving or pushing, what must the employee directing the movement communicate with the employee receiving the instructions?
Employee's physical location
Clear of all tracks
Position of switches and derails involved with move, and
Distance of the movement to be made or the sight distance available, whichever is less, in 50 ft car lengths
After receiving an EC-1 with dispatcher initials and time, there are errors found what should be done?
EC-1 must be released and a new EC-1 issued
Once issued, an EC-1 is in effect until _________ or ________ and must be retained and observed on all trips during a tour of duty.