Safety First

Rule #1 -- Don't get hurt.

    Safety is the first priority. Er, or is it the second, after money.... Or the third after getting the trains out....

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Name: Simulator
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 18 June 2019

In Canada Hh had all office staff fast tracked engineer training in a
simulator. The closest those office staff had been to a train was a
keyboard on computer. The union complained to transport Canada. But
transport Canada sided with cprail and Hh. There where mishaps with
these inexperienced office staff running trains, but it was covered
up!!!!! Itís not about safety anymore itís all about profit.

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Name: Loco
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 18 June 2019

Engineer is right.  That simulator game is no where even close to a
real train. The FRA knows this too and just turns their heads. I've
used the thing several times and had problems. Severe slack problems
and almost tore my train up. Hills and valleys are different on every
damn train. Knowing when to increase and decrease the remote power to
make up for the rear not keeping up on these 2 -3 mile long trains
takes practice. Knowing when to get the fence up and how to fix crap
when the communications drops is serious crap. The delay in the signal
is a bitch and on my territory the thing constantly drops out the
communication. They refused to give me a pilot.  TM got on engine to
make sure it was linked up right then said use the books you got.
You'll figure it out. They had guys assigned to ride with us the first
time then called them off. I never got one. they say just call one of
them if you got questions.  Yeah right! See what happens if you stop
your train to call one of them or to read your damn manual. They will
bust your ass for delay of train. put your foot down and demand a pilot
and see how fast they come after you. A guy had to call the ethics
committee and file charges against a tm who kept calling him a liar
because he told him he wasnt qualfied and wouldn't take a dp train.
Ended up getting the HR dept involved. the engineer never saw one day
of any training. Tried to toss him the books and say go. This is the
shit that's going on out here.  Engineer is right. It's criminal.

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Name: Shortline
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 18 June 2019

You guys sound like you work for a G&W property not a class 1.
Shortlines are the future gentlemen, class 1s are gonna sell you out
and replace you conductors with  an empty seat. You'll be shortline
scum if you want that rr retirement. Goodluck!

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Name: Eng
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 17 June 2019


You are called in and forced to take the simulator training. If you
refuse you will be pulled out of service on refusal charges. The proof
you took it is when they pay you. It does not relieve the company of
following FRA safety regulations and making sure that all employees
operate trains in a safe manner that protects the public and themselves
from serious injury or even death. Employees have voiced their opinions
about this training and as usual they are ignored. CSX is notorious for
cutting corners on their training to save time and money. When you get
your new rules book look at the statement on the back from the CEO.  He
talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. Safety is not the top
priority. Not all Engineers took the training because they pulled the
training trailors out to early and many never got a chance to PLAY on
their simulator. Tossed books in their laps and ordered them to take
the trains and read the manuals at the same time. This is criminal.

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Name: Training
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 17 June 2019

If your being trained in a simulator , and you sign a paper you received
training etc. And then you fuck up. Your liable because you signed off
that your trained. Thatís all they need in court. The judge will say
why did you sign off if you donít feel trained.

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Name: Eng.
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 17 June 2019


Please explain why you aren't enforcing proper training of engineers
on the use of DP.  Tossing guys into the seat with no pilots. Just one
damn run with someone who knows what their doing!  You know that damn
simulator isn't even like running a real train. Your own rules say Csx
is supposed to have a training program filed with you.  Did you approve
of this shit? You going to take the blame when a key train with alert
cars is spilled everywhere when there is a derailment?  Call engineers.
Ask them about being told "here's the books. Now take the train. You
will figure it out". Let's just pretend we're sitting at a fake
train simulator and try to remember what the hell they showed us.  Do a
survey. See how many guys have had problems with severe slack!  See how
many have had communication problems. Do your job!

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Name: Mayberry
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 17 June 2019

We've had 6 to quit in less than 6 months. Two more are currently
seeking employment  elsewhere.   All but two are former military.

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Name: Quiting
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 17 June 2019

Under Hh at cn and cp, managers union employees where fired or quit , on
a daily bases. When the terminals ran short Hh just put managers to work
in the field to make up for lost staff. And if they refused they where
also fired. I have not heard of management doing union work yet on here
at csx, but Iím sure Foote will consider it as an option!

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Name: Rules
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years
Posted: 17 June 2019


The new Employee Operating Manual has been printed and delivered to
most terminals. They will be effective July 1st,2019.

After doing a light review of the book, there have been a few omissions

It was surprising that many of the new rules that were just recently
issued were contained in the book. This could have only happened if the
books were written and they already had the new rules in place. You have
been receiving them a few at a time to catch you up to speed before you
get your book.

When you get your books there are a few rules/bullets that did not make
it into the book.

Safeway rule. 2300.4- Transporting fusees. This is a new rule
              2009.8- Approved safety glasses- paragraph(bullet)D
                      was omitted
              2102.1-Bullets were published as alphabetical in the 
                     system bulletins but changed to numerical in the 

Equipment handling- Add rule 4352.1 to the reserved section. Addresses
high/low horsepower locomotives as mixed consist.

Pay very close attention to the wording in rules 406.3 and 406.6. These
two rules address different scenario's that you can use to protect
shoving or pushing equipment. CHOSE WISELY!

If and when we find more omissions or conflicting rules we will post
them here. Please inform your fellow workers so they can update their

Conductor 1-10.... You posted that you were having a problem getting
the proper documents to work on foreign line tracks? Show your
supervisor rule 100.5. Let him/her explain to you why this rule is not
being followed. If this person can not give you a legal and reasonable
answer then ask your operating rules department. You would think after
reading rule 100.4 the company would give the same consideration to the
other railroads.

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 17 June 2019

Three people in my terminal quit within the last month.   What does that
tell you about the future of this Gestapo and all the Nazi's in charge?

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 16 June 2019

Another day of PSR-    Ponzi Scheme Railroading 

Letís all stick together for once and go on Strike

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Name: conductor
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 June 2019


You are 100% correct.  I didn't do my homework.  I didn't know that
CSX is the lowest paying class one railroad in the country. Check out
the pay and the working hours and agreements of the other class 1. Csx
pays at least a 1000.00 bucks less a pay period than most. they break
more federal laws than any company I have ever worked with.  

Speaking of rule breaking, I was told that if you work on a foreign
line railroad you are supposed to have their timetable, special
instructions and rules books. I would like to know why in the hell the
supervisors out of roselake refuse to issue the material to the crews
who run on the KCS territory.  I would like to know how they can just
give you a set of track warrants to go on their line and nothing else.
what the hell will happen to us when the other railroad decides to
banner test us or board us looking for the paperwork we are supposed to
have when working on their lines.  I was told we operate under their
operating rules and we follow our safety rules. WTF!
Has anyone brought this to the attention of the CSX operations
department? I know people have asked the supervisors and they have just
blown it off. Told some people that we don't operate on enough of the
territory to worry about it.  I cant find a thing in writing that says
its okay to do this if your just running on a small portion!

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Name: Mayberry
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 15 June 2019

Yeah we all applied for this job and yes no one is holding a gun to our
head. With that being stated.  This is not the company most of us hired
out with. Also a lot of us was lied to and paid for a job.  Now we're
vested with is sorry ass RR.  There lies the problem. CSX knows it and
are exploiting their employees.  Additionally new hires are leaving and
not looking back.   As far as a fair days wages for a fair days work. 
That would be great but this corrupt industry will never go a long with
that.   Productivity of a RRer has increased a 100 fold while wages
struggle to keep up with cost of living.  Meanwhile CEOs are making
1000x what they they did 20 yrs ago.    CSX SUCKS ASS if that hurts
your feelings. You should visit a different site.    Caps was changed
as soon as an arbitrator sided with the employees.  So tell me CSX
aren't criminals.

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Name: rules
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 15 June 2019


Be careful when following the detector rule charts. Key trains are not
addressed. If you have a hit by a detector and you do not find a defect
when inspecting them you must travel 30mph to the next detector or until
it is delivered to the next terminal for inspection. This means you must
travel 30 mph the rest of your trip if you have no detectors left to do
an inspection no matter how far you have to travel. If the same car
sets off another defect it must be set out. The speed for a key train
is not in the equipment speed chart. It is 50 mph. All key trains must
have a working operative telemetry device or DP located on the rear. 
You will find this information in the rules(6400) in the hazmat section
of your rule book.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 June 2019

I ran into a clerk the other day workin at Walmart , He said he wouldnít
worry to much about the one man crew deal , the union will protect your
job .

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Name: Foote
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 14 June 2019

With Foote being ceo of CSX, and promoting all these unsafe practices
and having his managers willingly push footes unsafe agendas. Just to
to get trains moving before due diligence has been done. And management
promotes this unsafe practices and threatens dismissal if you do not
break the rules. Foote should be held accountable as a Canadian
breaking the laws in the USA. A  nice big fine and prison sentence ,
would be fitting for his overseeing the corruption he created and has
enforced at CSX.

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Name: Cornelius 
Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years
Posted: 13 June 2019

Its not like that Family: We just have too get the freight moved safely
and efficiently in this ever changing economy. Honest days pay for a
HONEST days WORK is all that is expected from our VALUED employees.

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Name: Conductor
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 13 June 2019

Imposter rules....

No one leaves without a work order. If they did it would come back on
management if anything happened out there. The dispatchers do a job
briefing with crews before they depart. It requires knowing your loads,
empties, tons, length. Not all engines have PTC or TO available.  Would
be real interesting to see what happens when the crew tells the
dispatcher they don't have a clue because they weren't given  a
workorder. If a crew can't inspect their train for proper cars and
placement it's the supervisors problem. The crew only has to ask.
It's Better to let them step in it than to argue with them and chance
being charged with insubordination or being argumentative. The radio
can be the crews best friend especially when others are working on the
same channel. Ask for what you need over the airway. The more witnesses
the better.

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Name: Rules
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 June 2019

What amazes me is there are company and goverment rules. And crews still
play into the hands of these stupid managers. They tell you to take a
train without the proper paper work, and you do without any resistance.
 Now if you have dangerous cars and have a derailment, your clueless on
what you have on your train. And the public is put in danger. You know
the rules protest that your train needs paper work to proceed. Grow
some fucking balls before some innocent people get injured or killed.
And the train crew will be held responsible. Good luck with that!

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Name: family
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 13 June 2019


Cameras in the cabs, no napping at late hours, drones, PTC, TO, DP,
observation testing, GPS, hiding in the bushes and rushing crews out of
the buildings without any paper work available to safely inspect their
trains while building them seems to me to be over the top and extreme.
It is also dangerous for the entire workforce to be in a situation
every single day they come to work that creates an environment of
paranoia and fear of being written up or maybe even fired. Their jobs
should not make them feel like they are in a max security prison and
they have to walk on pins and needles everyday or they will feel the
wrath of their employer. It just amazes me that people actually stay in
this business but then the bills need to be paid. You should be kissing
the boots of the ones who do. You are lucky your have people who put up
with you.

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