Name: L&N dispr
Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 30+ years
Posted: 22 November 2014
Re Laugh: You say not always true, but it is more true than you think.
If you have an emergency, use the emergency channel, that is what it is
there for, so you will not die. First off, do you know how many subdivn
does the dispr have. Do dispatchers dose off when it is not busy,
probably. I was just not lucky enough to have one of those jobs,
besides I took too much pride in my job to do that anyway. It is no
different than a dispatcher calling a train crew after a head light
meet for 30 minutes only to hear it in their voice they just woke up.
I mean you were in the siding for just 3 minutes.
Yes, it is rude to talk with your mouth full but remember,
dispatchers do not get 20 minutes. Sometimes I had to take my lunch
back home because I did not have time to eat it. There are good
dispatchers and bad ones just like good T&E and there are pitiful ones.
Nothing would make me madder than to be busting my ass answering the
radio's, block lines, intercom, phones as fast as I could, only to
have some sob ask me what took me so long to answer. A hang up took
care of that question.
Some dispatchers work the job a a faster pace than others. Just like
it takes some crews 15 minutes to pick up 5 cars, when it takes others
You have to take the good with the bad.
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