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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
- ref 1001.1
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
- ref 1003.5
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
- ref 1004.1
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
- ref 1005.1
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
- ref 1005.3
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
- ref 1008.3
Can the employee operating a moving train copy or repeat copied information?
What do you use an emergency transmission to report?
- 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
- ref 1010.3
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
- ref 1010.2
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
- ref 1009.5
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
- ref 1009.2
Do not act on a radio communication if:
- Not completed
- Not in compliance with operating rules
- ref 1008.1
If an exchange of communications using short identification continues without interruption, when must positive identification be repeated?
- Every 15 minutes
- ref 1006.3
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
- ref 310.1
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
- ref 308.5
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
- ref 308.7
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
- ref 311.1
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
- ref 311.2
What document is the crew required to have prior to entering or occupying a track that is out of service?
- Dispatcher message, or
- ref 307.4
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
- ref 308.6
When protecting track that has a maximum authorized speed of 50 mph (41-90), how far should protection be provided?
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
- ref 201.5
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
- ref 406.5
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
- ref 501.4
Once issued, an EC-1 is in effect until _________ or ________ and must be retained and observed on all trips during a tour of duty.
- Fulfilled or Released
- ref 501.6