Asleep At The Wheel

Casey Jones you'd better,
watch your speed...

    "The railroad is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation", many of us have been told, when requesting some extra 'rest' between jobs. Unfortunately, the people that make the railroad move, like all other people, do not operate "24 hours a day, 7 days a week".

    Anyone who's worked around the clock has either seen, or experienced first-hand, the inevitable effects of sleep deprivation. Maybe it was you, maybe it was the jitney driver, maybe it was....

    The real fun is when someone tries to explain to the crew-caller that they are too tired to go to work.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 14 June 2018

Any other fat conductors like myself who miss the brakestick?

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Name: Baffled 
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 14 June 2018


Please explain this shit to me...

New rule 5203.3. Says before being added to a through train at an
intermediate location, a solid block of cars must:  

1. Receive a class 1 brake test, AND 
2. Not be off air for more than your hours.

Read the rule...it says AND not be off air more than 4 hours.

So I go to pick up a block that I know has been off for 8 hours what am
I supposed to do??? I didn't right this rule. CSX DID! 
So what next?  I can't take the cars???

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 June 2018

You might enjoy to read how a paper pusher union busting white collar
scab at CP feels about working 12 hour days away from home and being
called in at any random hour while having to work in incliment weather
with wet boots because he thinks that railroaders do not have to deal
with what he is dealing with...

"The other side of Hunter Harrison's CP legacy: white-collar workers
driving trains"


“It’s like living in a constant state of jetlag,” he said. “My
steel-toed leather boots were soaked through, as well as everything
else I was wearing, and my boots were not dry before I had to report
for the next shift. I hadn’t slept enough, I hadn’t eaten, I didn’t
have time to call my family and I had to be back out there to run
another goddamn train.”

The CP employee said he received some shares in the company when Creel
took over, along with a letter thanking him for his work.

“In the past year, your commendable effort in being a leader in the
management crew area did not go unnoticed or unappreciated,” the letter

It was the first time the company had formally acknowledged his

“I’m grateful to finally receive some recognition about how hard this
has been,” he said. “It makes me feel more optimistic about the future
with Keith Creel.”

Poor wittle desk dwelling feller had wet booties in the big bad world
of always on call trains and was so sweepy. 

For his slumming with the human cattle in inhuman conditions he was
rewarded with recognition and stock in CP for doign what train crews do
every day with the reward of not being fired.

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Name: Fact
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 13 June 2018

How does CSX know that this happened during the last trip? It could have
accured during the calendar day inspection. This equipment isn't
serviced regularly. Screw CSX. 

Name: Utility worker
Employed as: Engine repair, for 30+ years
Posted: 13 June 2018

If your piston travel is excessive we usually just tell the
transportation officer and they will charge the prior engineer that
used that engine and failed to write it up.  It's funny how you gents
turn your co workers in.

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Name: Tired
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 09 June 2018

CSX has the lowest paid employees compared to our class 1 railroads..
Want to know why? Because of you, the employee. You settle with what
you get. Why should the union fight for your rights when you don't
care. You take it in the crapper and walk off complaining. Start
fighting for your rights and watch the pay increase. Most of you don't
have the backbone to do it. Just keep taken it in the rear and
complaining. This is 100% truth..

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Name: Company McLovin
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 07 June 2018

Sounds like your all fucked really..

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Name: Re-max
Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 07 June 2018

Hello gentalmens, here are our plans for bigger profits in 2018, keep up
the good work, we r selling the spider web network, soon it will be a
linear railroad just like cp is, remember when u all said PSR wont work
because of the layout of the network, well thanks for the tips we

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Name: Justhosed
Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 06 June 2018


Stupid shit is already starting. Our train had absolutely nothing in
the paper work including in the the engineers tonnage graph that stated
our train was 50.  Not a damn thing. Even TM didn't see anything. Got
to home terminal and handed off on main line. Outbound crew had flagged
as 50 and the commodity classified wrong. So we run 60 and they got to
run 50. I knew this stupid crap would happen. Exactly what everyone in
the terminal has been predicting.  For now on its straight up 50 on
run 50 until system bulletin is released protecting the crews from
being blamed for their crap! This just getting old on this railroad.
Will it ever stop!!!!

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Name: Dekra
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 03 June 2018

We were asked if it was possible to increase the size of the

We responded, "Hell yes".  challenge accepted. New and useless rules
coming to a rulebook near you.

Have a Nice Day Bitches.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 02 June 2018

Confused... more people than spots ( guys to placed and can’t hold )..
yet the extraboards are always exhausted.my phone rings every night 
for roster runs. .am I missing something ?

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Name: CSXsucksDekra
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 31 May 2018

CSX has hired Dekra Inc to undertake a safety assessment. Dekra inc
prides themselves as being a pioneer of Behavior Based Safety aka
“blame the worker”. 
One of the keys to these programs is defining “culture” of observing
employees’ unsafe acts and subsequently modifying their behavior. This
is done instead of recognizing the underlying causes of those acts and
modifying the worksite to make it safer. This practice makes it much
easier to shift responsibility to the workers instead of management’s
mandate to provide a safe workplace.
These programs also increase the amount of fear and intimidation on the
job. Workers are hesitant to report an injury or illness for fear of
being harassed as an unsafe worker or being disciplined for an unsafe

CSX managers are cock suckers

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Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 31 May 2018

Strike over at CP 
You guys got fucked by your union.  Why would you go back after only
hours of a walk out? You guys had CP by the nuts and let go.

Details of the agreement are being withheld pending ratification.  This
is typical ble bullshit to.  Why the hell is information being held?  I
so sick of the union not telling us what the hell is offered.

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Name: hogger
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 31 May 2018


Who gives a crap about that stupid shit. What you better worry about is
learning to deal with the old pieces of crap they are using out on the
line of road on long pools because they are running out of power. They
don't have a damn thing in the new rules book about running old sd40-2
with short time ratings. The old rule book in 2010 had info in it but
the new book doesn't have squat. I had to fight with a dispatcher
about having to stop and cool down my traction motors because we were
underpowered and had the motors tacked out in 1500 amps on the hill in
8 notch just to pull. He didn't understand a thing about it. I know
the continuous minimum speed and available times for the motors because
I worked with them for years. They don't understand an engineer needs
this info. We are still using these old junkers. They might be ok on
some short local but using them on long haul freight pools with heavy
load is stupid as shit. If you don't have the old rules book you will
have to google the units and find it yourself. I had another engineer
tell me he had the same issue but he was just a pup. He called the
mechanical desk and the guy on the phone had no idea what the hell he
was talking about. He put him on hold until he found an old head
mechanic there and got him on the phone. He was able to help him out.
Just more crap this outfit doesn't get and the problems they are
creating with this power shortage. Thing is, there isn't a thing they
can do to an engineer that burns one up and has no info on how to run
them. Your not required to carry the old rules books. The new ones
supersede the old ones. Let them replace burned up traction motors.
maybe they'll get rid of the old rust buckets!

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Name: nopatsy
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 31 May 2018

Engineers...HEADS UP!!!

Went to the rules class about 3 weeks ago and the guy they sent from
who knows where told us to start looking on our tonnage graphs for the
restrictions on equipment that restrict it to 50 mph or less. I saw it
a few times since then. I asked him at the time if there was going to
be a bulletin out informing of this change and that the info on it
would govern the speed of our train. He said he didn't know if they
would put one out or not. So I asked him what is going to cover our
butts if the work order department screws up and misses a car or we got
wrong car wrong train crap and get busted with a 50 mph car when we
thought we could do 60. He started some crap about observing our trains
and looking for restricted cars in our trains. We all started laughing,
Asked him if he even knew how it worked in our yard. We don't see our
trains most of the time. Just the head 6 as required. We don't get our
trains ready. The car man is the only one who sees the whole train when
he watches the roll by. He couldn't answer that. We told him if we
don't see a bulletin out stating that this change was made to or
tonnage graphs and we could count on using that info to govern our
speed we were running 50. Plain and simple.
YOUR GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE!!!!   He told us to go to rule 112.4 and
read line 4.  Do you know what is says...... Hold on to your hats...

It says....The ranking crew member, which we all know is supposed to be
the conductor, is responsible for ensuring PROPER DOCUMENTATION FOR THE

He threw it right in the conductors lap! So I said, ok since Im just
the engineer and not the ranking employee then I can just take my
tonnage graph and go get on my power and the conductor can eat shit if
there is a problem with the cars. That pissed the shit out of a
conductor in the class.  The instructor finally admitted that it was
not done properly the way they started it and if we felt unsure about
anything just stick to 50mph until there is something in writing.
So this is what your dealing with. If Jacksonville screws up or the YM
has a wrong car in the train or an extra your going to eat dirt as long
as that rule 112,4 is in the book and there is not a bulletin out
instructing crews to use the info provided in the restricted car
handling area of the tonnage graph! Well, the conductor can eat dirt
because he is supposed to make sure its right per the rules!  Sucks to
be the conductor right now.

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Name: Big joke
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 May 2018


for God's same will you stop sending idiots out to give rules classes
who obviously have not bothered to read the rules or current changes.
What you need to do is give them a rules class first. Weed out the
one's who don't understand or just don't care enough to read. I just
had a newer engineer question my hand  brake test procedures on light
motors because he was just told in rules class that we follow the old
procedure of knotching out and putting the motors under load. That rule
changed almost 2 years ago.

If you young engineer don't know why it's because for several years
the loco's have been designed with a safety feature that does not
allow the loco's to load when the hand brake is applied.  All newer
electronic motors are being built with it. Puts a stop to running
around with the hand brake still on and burning up brake shoes. They
were downloading random guys and busting them for not putting the
motors under load to test for movement and were too stupid to realize
it couldn't be done because the motors wouldn't load. Some will give
you a wheel slip alarm too.  Just read your rules. Don't count on
these guys to cover your arss when you do something stupid they say is
ok and it's not in writing. They got short term memory when you say
they told you what your supposed to do and something goes wrong!

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Name: RRJim
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 28 May 2018

It's all about politics. When union members vote in Republicans
they're voting against their own best interest. We were Blue Collar
Union Democrats we knew under them we had a chance at a better
contract. History showed us it. When Republicans are in control
corporations can do just about anything. The conservative faction of
SCOTUS by a 5-4 vote just ruled last week against public unions, most
likely private unions are next. They pretty much took away their rights
to collective bargaining. Rail unions have been under constraints with
the Railway Labor Act with not having the right to strike at will.
Railroads have been trying to bust the unions the past 30 years since
Reagan was president. That trend hasn't let up. Republicans have
mostly controlled Congress since 1994 except for a few years when there
was a split Congress. Like I first mentioned it's all political.

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Name: FmlaInterfernce
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 27 May 2018

FMLA Interference  that's what all of this is and it is illegal.
CSX will put out some bullshit about availability improving due to fmla
not being as badly abused but its because they have intimidated
employees to not use it. 

CSX and their managers will be paying out a lot of money to those that
were wrongfully pulled out.  The thing is CSX doesn't care to pay
hefty fines and lawsuits.  They have plenty of cash to throw around if
their objective is met.  Same with contracting out Dekra it's all a
dog and pony show and everyone knows it.

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Name: Bill
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 27 May 2018

a Co-worker of mine worked today. He has fmla for his wife, we was
pulled out of service over Christmas and was too scared to lay off for
fear of termination. His wife and children need him due to His wife
being admitted to the hospital. She has chronic asthma.

I hope CSx get their asses sued

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Name: dekra
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 27 May 2018

Wow now we got german dekra csx has officially gone full nazi on us

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Name: WHAT???
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 26 May 2018


What the hell would they call Dekra for?  I just googled them and I
don't see the relevance of their main business having anything to do
with T&E crews dirrectly.  Just what the hell would they be looking
for? If they want to use them it is only to grab a certification from
them. Its just another way to put a notch on their belts as a safe and
reliable company. The only benefit of this would be to plaster it all
over the employee gateway and pat themselves on the back. It might help
attract a few more backers who are afraid of the history that HH created
with his numerous injuries and failure to maintain equipment and now it
is sitting in Foote's lap. I don't think they get any government
grants for this certification but I may be wrong. This is just another
business tactic that they are counting on to attract more support. We
all know how smoke and mirrors are used to fool the public into
thinking they are buying into a safe and reliable company. If Dekra is
as credible as they claim they will see through all of the bull just as
the previous poster pointed out about DuPont!

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