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    mechanical blue signal history, anyone know?

    Does anyone know the history of using the blue signal for mechanical people working on rolling stock? I know it was made federal law by cfr 49 part 218. But im wanting to know when it started.
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    does anyone know mechanical car people in England/Europe?

    This year I hope to take a couple trips to Europe and I am looking for mechanical people to talk shop with. I am a mechanical instructor for a class 1 railroad in the usa; I develop and provide training to our trainers and directly to the Carmen. I worked as a Carmen for 17 years before I got...
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    a railroad 101 book or video? any know of one?

    I am looking for a book or a video that gives an overview of what a railroad does. Explaining the major pieces of a railroad and how they work together. It does not need to be in depth just a basic high level view. Does anyone know of something like this out there? Ya, I could write this...
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    retirement gift question. where can i find...

    I am not sure about the best place to ask this but… I am looking for a retirement gift for a fellow Carmen who is set to retire early summer. What I am wanting is a two model locomotive display; one Union Pacific and one Southern pacific, each with numbers relating to his hire year and his...
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    yet another new guy.

    Hello everyone, I have been enjoying all the info and photos on this forum. I have worked as a carman for the last 17 years , recently I took a job as a shopcraft instructor for a class 1 railroad. I develop and instruct classes for the mechanical – car department peoeple. With this position...




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