Name: fuel winner!
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 11 March 2012
PER CSX FUEL CONSERVATION HANBOOK.
Handbook was sent out to all engineers on csx and was meant to be used.
Dispatchers were supposed to get this book as well and are supposed to
incorporate train pacing into their everyday "dispatching"
Per csx rules if a line of road train is stopped for more than 30
minutes the dispatcher is supposed to let you know how long you will be
there and you are to shut down all but one loco(isolate in cold
Dispatchers responsiblities per csx:
They should have understanding of fuel conservation practices related
to loco and train movement and apply them.
Must have basic knowledge of how to efficiently utilize motive power
SHOULD PLAN TRAIN MEETS SO THAT UNNECESSARY TRAIN STOPPING IS
MINIMIZED. INSTEAD OF STOPPING A TRAIN THE DISPATCHER SHOULD USE TRAIN
PACING! The dispatcher should provide anticipated length of delay to
the engineer. The engineer when notified WILL THEN PACE THE
MOVEMENT(OPERATE AT REDUCED SPEED).
When this doesnt happen its the engineers call as when to reduce speed
for a good meet according to radio transmissions received from other
Per csx managment: On level tangent track, reducing speed from 50 mph
to 40 mph will save 16% in fuel. Not only does csx want you to reduce
speed when you can to save fuel, but they encourage it! Do not let a
dispatcher intimidate you into running your train faster than you feel
is safe to handle your train properly.
Per the FRA, you can not be forced into running your train faster than
you feel is necessary to safely move your train.
Faulty power, unresponsive dispatchers,weather, slow orders, work
areas, bad radios, inaccurate detectors, jumpy eot's, farming season,
excessive traffic and pedestrians(parades,etc.) and to many other
things to mention, can alter the way YOU HANDLE YOUR TRAIN! Most of all
remember you are the one who has to answer all the questions if anything
goes wrong. You are the one who is sitting there when they down load
that black box! NOT THE DISPATCHER! They only know bits and peices of
what going on out there from what they hear on the radio. They cant see
the big picture from their monitors. You went to engineer school. You
took the training and you are the one holding the license to run that
train. ITS YOUR CALL!
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