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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Last post by x2000 - September 22, 2021, 01:54:22 PM
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Last post by x2000 - September 22, 2021, 11:10:06 AM
CORA West Chicago Wye Signals
Should be no three headed combinations on the Amtrak test because of physical characteristics of the Wye. Also no Approach Limited, Advance Approach, or Diverging Approach Diverging. AM & AR are the only two SPEED SIGNALS, the rest are ROUTE SIGNALS (Diverging)
Y, Y/R is Approach. Pretty much the same as NS, but also Y/D, and D/Y
Y/L, and also Y/Flashing R are both Approach Restricting (They both have the restricting characteristic under the yellow. Also, it's just these two combinations for A/R)
Approach Medium (AM radio tower, Top 40 - from an old head in the yard) is: Anything Yellow flashing on top and also solid Y/Y
R/Y is Diverging Approach
R/Flashing Y is Diverging Approach Medium (a little tricky)
Restricting: Anything flashing Red except for Y/Flashing Red (which is Approach Restricting)
Restricting: Anything with a Lunar except for Y/Lunar (which is Approach Restricting)
Restricting: Anything solid Red or Red/Dark combination with a number plate or G marker
STOP: Name for Stop is STOP: Anything all solid Red or Red/Dark combo (w/out a number plate).
STOP: R/D with the semaphore looks like it could be a Restricting. Easy to get wrong.
All indications start with "Proceed".
Approach and Diverging Approach: Trains exceeding 30 MPH immediately reduce. Note: Speed is 40 MPH for passenger trains.
If name starts with Approach indication starts with Proceed prepared to pass or Proceed prepared to stop.
If name starts with Diverging indication starts with Proceed on diverging.
Diverging Approach Medium only one that's 35 MPH. DAM!
Clear is 'Proceed', all POD are 'not exceeding', AM is 'at prescribed speed'
Clear: KISS Proceed
Approach Medium: ** PPP *********** Proceed prepared to pass... not exceeding  Top 40 enter diverging at prescribed
Approach Restricting:** PPP ********* Proceed prepared to pass...
Approach: ** PPS ***************** Proceed prepared to stop [30/40]
Diverging Clear: ** POD ************ Proceed on diverging route not exceeding...
Diverging Approach Medium: ** POD ** Proceed on diverging route not exceeding... [35/40]
Diverging Approach: ** POD ******** Proceed on diverging route not exceeding... [30/40]
Restricting: ** KISS *************** Proceed at restricted speed.
Stop: ** KISS ******************* Stop
KISS = Keep it simple stupid, PPP = Proceed Prepared Pass, PPS = Proceed Prepared Stop, POD = Proceed On Diverging
Note: 'not exceeding' on the Diverging signals is more restrictive than Chi Sub which is 'at prescribed speed', except for Chi Sub Clear, which is 'not exceeding'.
Approach Medium is 'not exceeding', then 'at prescribed speed'.
Last post by x2000 - September 22, 2021, 10:44:04 AM
CSX Standard Signals (Rules 1281 – 1298)
SPEED SIGNALS: Slow, Medium, and Limited – Nothing Diverging
Middle aspect – Anything other than red, Medium somewhere in the name (unless it's flashing, then it's Limited) Bottom aspect – Anything other than red, Slow somewhere in the name (unless it's flashing, then it's Medium)
Flashing bumps up one level. From Slow to Medium or from Medium to Limited. Disregard any lower red lights (high stands and dwarfs), they only demonstrate that the light is working
Restricting(s) all have a lunar in them R/Y high stand is Medium Approach R/R/Y is Slow Approach. All red with a G marker is Grade All red with number plate or P is Restricted Proceed Y/Y is Advance Approach R/Y/Y Medium Advance Approach (same as CN) More or less the dwarfs follow the same convention.
Read the lights on two headed dwarfs as if they were high stand signals. Y/Y dwarf Medium Advance Approach is an exception (it's not an Advance Approach). No dwarf (color light) for Approach
Read single head dwarfs like this: Y is Slow Approach G is Slow Clear (same as NS)
Disregard bottom reds on dwarfs just like high stand signals: Y/R is Slow Approach (same as NS) G/R is Slow Clear (same as NS)
Slow, Medium, and Limited in indications (No MPH). Just like NS. Clear: Proceed. Everything else either proceed or 'not exceeding' except Restricting which is 'at'.
TCS OPP is my own acronym to help me remember. It is not a railroad term anyone else would know.
TCS OPP (applies to any signal that starts with a speed first in the name – Slow, Medium, or Limited) Also, when speed is the first word in the name, it is also the first word in the indication. [ XXX Speed] ... through turnouts, crossovers, sidings, and over power-operated switches then proceed
TCS OPP applies to the nine signals below:
Limited Clear: Limited Speed ... then proceed Limited Approach: Limited Speed ... prepared to stop next signal Medium Clear: Medium Speed ... then proceed Medium Approach Medium: Medium Speed ... then Medium Medium Approach Slow: Medium Speed ... then Slow Medium Advance Approach: Medium Speed ... prepared to stop second signal Medium Approach: Medium Speed ... prepared to stop next signal Slow Clear: Slow Speed ... then proceed Slow Approach: Slow Speed ... prepared to stop next signal
Approach: ... exceeding Medium Speed immediately begin reduction ... as soon as locomotive passes.
Restricting: Proceed at Restricted Speed. Restricted Proceed: Proceed at Restricted Speed Grade: Proceed at Restricted Speed
Approach Slow: Proceed, approaching next signal not exceeding Slow Speed. Approach Medium: Proceed, approaching next signal not exceeding Medium Speed. Approach Limited: Proceed, approaching next signal not exceeding Limited Speed.
Updated 9/13/22 R LENT
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Last post by x2000 - September 22, 2021, 10:31:01 AM
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