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Last post by x2000 - October 01, 2021, 06:30:35 AM
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Last post by x2000 - October 01, 2021, 06:13:44 AM
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Last post by x2000 - September 26, 2021, 03:55:10 PM
Amtrak Michigan Subdivision Signals Speed first in the name, it is a X-over
Old Dwarfs (meaning still in use but before the newest dwarfs were added to the rule book):
G = Slow Clear Flashing Y = Slow Approach Y = Restricting
These are the newer dwarfs:
Y/Flashing R = Medium Approach Flashing G/Red = Limited Clear Red, and also Red/Red = Stop Signal
No dwarf for Approach
Red with a number plate = Stop and Proceed (not a Restricting) R/Y, and R/R/Y = Restricting
MPH only in indications. 15, 30, and 45 MPH. (Same as CN) If speed first in the name look for 'Clear all switches within control point limits', except for MA.
45 MPH Passenger , 40 MPH freight for, AL, LC, and AA. Restricting indication long ends with: 'or the end of the block system.' Stop and Proceed indication ends with 'or entered non-signaled territory.'
Last post by x2000 - September 26, 2021, 11:10:26 AM
CSX Conrail Color Light Signals
Almost identical to NS Conrail except: Restricting aspects come from both NS Conrail and CSX Standard. In addition to the R/R/Y and R/Y (high stand), and R/Y and Y (dwarf) from the NS; anything with a Lunar (from CSX Standard) is also a Restricting or in one case Restricted Proceed.
Anything with a number plate (high stand and dwarf) is Restricted Proceed like CSX Standard. Name for Stop is just Stop, not Stop Signal like the NS.
Updated 9/26/21 R LENT
*See the attached PDF for better formatting if printing, or, hit the PRINT button.
Last post by x2000 - September 25, 2021, 11:01:06 AM
See the attached PDF. This is the territory for the signals in the CORA West exam. Conductor notes on the map in red.
Excerpts from the Amtrak 2015 Chicago Terminal PC Study Guide:
B3 Signal Southward on Main 3. This signal at B3 is a dwarf signal that will route trains to go West into the Wye or continue South to crossover into Main 4. (Signal 3S)
BNSF Wye: BNSF Dispatcher from 6 am to 10 pm is Union Ave & from 10 pm to 6 am is the East End Dispatcher on BNSF Main Tracks Road Channel 66-66 Union Ave Interlocking is controlled by BNSF dispatcher for wye movements between B3 & B2 or B1
B – 1, & B – 2 South of CP Roosevelt Beginning at CP Roosevelt on B-1 & B-2 is the beginning of the BNSF territory. Signals South of CP Roosevelt are BNSF signals, not Amtrak Chicago Terminal Signals.
Last post by x2000 - September 25, 2021, 10:43:43 AM
Just some notes from research I did for a SMART brother who didn't pass his field test after not passing the initial color test at his physical. You used to be able to take a second test right in the doctors office but the FRA changed the testing guidelines. He wasn't the only one who got knocked out because of this.
No person shall be allowed to wear chromatic lenses during an initial test of the person's color vision; the initial test is one conducted in accordance with one of the accepted tests in the chart and § 240.121(c)(3).
Conductors https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/part-242/appendix-D 49 CFR Part 242, Appendix D to Part 242 - Medical Standards Guidelines No person shall be allowed to wear chromatic lenses during an initial test of the person's color vision; the initial test is one conducted in accordance with one of the accepted tests in the chart and § 242.117(h)(3).
(4) An examinee who fails to meet the criteria in the chart, may be further evaluated as determined by the railroad's medical examiner. Ophthalmologic referral, field testing, or other practical color testing may be utilized depending on the experience of the examinee. The railroad's medical examiner will review all pertinent information and, under some circumstances, may restrict an examinee who does not meet the criteria for serving as a conductor at night, during adverse weather conditions or under other circumstances.
It doesn't say chromatic lenses cannot be used for field testing. ADA must reasonable accommodate him
(e) If the examination required under this section discloses that the person needs corrective lenses or a hearing aid, or both, either to meet the threshold acuity levels established in this section or to meet a lower threshold determined by the railroad's medical examiner to be sufficient to perform as a conductor, that fact shall be noted on the certificate issued in accordance with the provisions of this part.
---- wear corrective lenses and not on certification ----
Last post by x2000 - September 23, 2021, 02:36:42 PM
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