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  1. one_wire

    Need help - can anyone tell me what this railroad is?

    I'm stumped, even Google is stumped. I've nothing better to do so I spent the better part of the last 2 hours searching and could find nary an answer... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. one_wire

    Coast Guard to Railroad...

    1 in 5 at UP are prior military. I served 7 years in the Navy as an aviation electrician. My experience proves very beneficial as a diesel electrician. Locomotive electrical systems are very similar to that of aircraft. What was your rating in the Coast Guard? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. one_wire

    Recent CP hire question about smoking

    If the rules say you can only smoke in a designated area, then only smoke in the designated area. Especially if you're new. Don't give the company a reason to can you right out of the gate. I work for UP, and we're a 100% smoke free company. With us, you can't smoke while on duty regardless of...
  4. one_wire

    I'm writing a train story - any help would be hugely appreciated

    IMHO, get your nomenclature right. You got the crew titles down, just realize modern crews on a diesel electric are only the Engineer who drives, and the Conductor, who is responsible for the freight. If your story takes place in the present, ditch the concept of an "engineering" car. Simply...
  5. one_wire

    UP Question

    You had the police called on you for trespassing. It had nothing to do with taking pictures. I'm a UP employee who's spent quite a bit of time over the years working along waysides and inside locomotives. Let me give you a rundown of what we consider trespassing: Being on or within arm's reach...
  6. one_wire

    Please help!! Need an answer if anyone knows!!! Bnsf.....

    The BN, like UP and all the rest of the class 1's are more interested in dui's and major moving violations. A lot of the jobs in the respective mechanical departments require a valid license and in some cases, CDL. Your seat belt ticket being omitted shouldn't hurt you. But don't mention it...
  7. one_wire

    Push for One Man Crews

    Enter the age of the in-cab camera. I just installed my third one this morning... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. one_wire

    UP Electrician Here

    They'll ask some technical questions, some general background type questions. But the big thing they'll hit on is safety. You are the safest mother trucker alive. You eat, sleep, drink, and make love to safety. Seriously. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. one_wire

    UP Electrician Here

    Sorry I missed your post. How did the test go? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. one_wire

    Push for One Man Crews

    I've been hearing this rumor since I started with UP, and the guys I heard it from heard the same thing 20 years ago. One could argue that PTC would be a step toward one-man crews, I highly doubt it'll happen. How is one person going to operate movement on the ground and in the cab, among the...
  11. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    Exactly. When the engineer (not hostlers like the movie says. Hostlers aren't allowed to drive trains, only locomotive consists) saw that he was going to run a switch and didn't have enough room to stop short, he attempted to place the unit into full dynamics and applied the independent...
  12. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    Old bottles of booze aren't uncommon finds on locomotives that are at least 20 years old. With so many nooks and crannies, there's no telling what you'll find. As far as what crews can do when the train is stopped, you won't find them on a laptop usually because there's no wifi in the boonies...
  13. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    The truth to the movie begins and ends with the fat guy jumping out of the unit in the yard. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    Haha..."Unstoppable." Worst depiction of railroading I've ever seen. It is, however, very loosely based on the CSX incident that happened near Toledo about 10 years ago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    Bill nothing surprises me anymore. I work doing the PTC installs at the Denver Burnham shop. The first thing we do is remove every panel, door, and hatch in order to route the wires needed for the upgrade. I've pulled out condom wrappers, porno mags, cartons of cigarettes, whiskey bottles, you...
  16. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    Exactly. Because there's not a federal law against recording in a locomotive, just company policy, it's not against the law to do it. Also understand that it takes money to get permission... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    A lot of those videos you're seeing might only be clips taken from the locomotive's Track Image Recorder. The FRA requires a front-facing, dash or ceiling mounted camera in all locomotives (at least class 1's). There will always be rebels who record with their phones, but like I said, only a...
  18. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    Because nowadays only a fool who didn't care about public safety or his job would film himself at the controls. Unless you're in Russia or India. Those guys are nucking futs... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. one_wire

    Howcome Videos In Cab Aren't Allowed?

    The Metrolink/UP collision at Chatsworth was the final straw in congress mandating Positive Train Control. It should be noted, at least according to UP policy, that no person, crew or deadhead, is allowed to use an electronic device while the train, locomotive, or consist of locomotives is...
  20. one_wire

    Why is BNSF not repainting their old diesel locomotives to the new paint scheme?

    I haven't noticed a huge lag time when requesting parts for the old dogs. A lot of them are rebuilt or are now made by third party companies. As a matter of fact, we just finished installing PTC on an SD40N that was originally built in 1966. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk




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