Work Day for a Train Crew

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J.D. White

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I am not exactly sure how any one day goes out on the Class 1's so I am naturally curious. Let's use NYC as the starting point for a crew who lives there and they are going along the Chicago Line across Upstate NY onward towards their destination in Cleveland, Ohio. What happens when they get there? Do they relieve another crew destined for their hometown, and once they arrive call it a day and go home, or do these workers keep rolling across all parts of the country for several days or weeks at a time?

It is difficult for me to word this the proper way so if anyone needs me to clarify something or another then I will do what I can. My english skills aren't the greatest ;)
 

Circle(D)

New Member
Typically, a crew goes on duty at their home terminal or AWAY FROM HOME terminal, catches their train; they take it how ever far the next terminal, not exceeding 12 of continuous duty. If it is a short trip, they can make two. If the trip exceeds 12 hours, they'll tie the train down, dispatcher will inform next train behind them to pick up a dead crew, or if they are in a place where they can be shuttled by the taxi, that'll be their means of travel to their destination.

Once at their own destination, another crew will be waiting to take that same train on to the next terminal till it arrives at its final destination.

Now if the initial crew arrives at their home terminal, they go home, wait to be first out and get their call; AWAY FROM HOME terminal, they shuttle to a hotel or their mistress/lover's home and wait to be first out and get their call.
 

5thGenRR

New Member
Typically, a crew goes on duty at their home terminal or AWAY FROM HOME terminal, catches their train; they take it how ever far the next terminal, not exceeding 12 of continuous duty. If it is a short trip, they can make two. If the trip exceeds 12 hours, they'll tie the train down, dispatcher will inform next train behind them to pick up a dead crew, or if they are in a place where they can be shuttled by the taxi, that'll be their means of travel to their destination.

Once at their own destination, another crew will be waiting to take that same train on to the next terminal till it arrives at its final destination.

Now if the initial crew arrives at their home terminal, they go home, wait to be first out and get their call; AWAY FROM HOME terminal, they shuttle to a hotel or their mistress/lover's home and wait to be first out and get their call.
+1
Most of my family was in that realm of the RR and from the east to the west coast it is done that way. Out west, at least for UP, we call the Crew Hauler or Caryall's the "Town Bus." I'm not sure if that is a common term.
 




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