Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 10 May 2018
DO NOT....I REPEAT....DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR EC1'S OVER THE TELEPHONE. DO
NOT GO INTO YOUR CREW BUILDING AND CALL THE DISPATCHER OVER THE PHONE
AND GIVE UP ANY AUTHORITY WHAT SO EVER. DO IT OVER THE RADIO!
BOTH CREW MEMBERS MUST BE PRESENT WHEN IT IS DONE. BOTH CREW MEMBERS
MUST HEAR IT IS DONE. BOTH CREW MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HEARING THE
TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS DISAPPEAR! USE YOUR HEADS. IT DOESNT MATTER
HOW LONG IT TAKE THE DISPATCHER TO ANSWER. GET OVER IT. GIVE UP ALL
AUTHORITY OVER THE RADIO!
It used to be a rule that all mandatory directives had to be released
over the radio. You can not use your personal phone on the engine
anyway. There is no reason to wait until you get into a crew room to
call a dispatcher on the telephone and release any authorities.
This will bite you in the ass. A crew is getting ready to burn on this
one. Unless the phone is on speaker and the dispatcher is told it is
on speaker phone and both crew members are present when he/she is
releasing the authority there is no proof that both crew members where
present. If there is not a camera on the engine then it will be harder
to prove that both crew members were present but there is a better
chance that you are both together on the engine in the cab than in a
crew room on the speaker phone!