CSX-Sucks!

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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Name: Retired FRA
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 22 October 2014

To the unnamed poster:

Seems I struck a nerve.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 21 October 2014

CSX is always looking for new TM's simply because they need them.
At times they come from the trades or from the street. Same as they do
for Every employee. If for some reason you think a young collage grad
is dumber than you. Might be true, but the odds are on against you.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 21 October 2014

Mr FRA

You have no idea what an annual review for a CSX manager might be. You
just keep on spouting ,,,What you think.
JEEZ

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 October 2014

Last week got called for a train...died on line of road....sent back to
home terminal...next day called for a train....happened to be the same
one....again died on line of road.....went to away from home
terminal....got back home a day later ....got called for work and low
and behold it was the same on I died on 3 days ago...sat on it for
seven hours ...finally a run to the yards....made it to the east end
and died again with it still fouling the west end...must be the new
normal for how tomorrow moves...lol...what a frickin joke....

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 October 2014

Most new managers csx hires would not know how to pour piss out of a
boot....let alone try to run a railroad.....

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Name: Retired FRA
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 19 October 2014

When CSX managers receive their annual performance appraisals, it seems
likely that employee tests and failures would be a major evaluating
factor. The same goes for on-time train departures and operating with
as few employees as possible. And it seems very unlikely that employee
morale has anything at all to do with the process. It also seems to me
that safety programs on the class one railroads have morphed into
nothing short of harassment programs. And FRA is a cheerleader for all
of this. Constant employee testing and failures make it look as if both
the railroads and FRA are really serious about safety. But the fact is
that railroads are really only serious about their stock prices and
Wall Street standings. And of course the FRA is only serious about
being a bureaucratic government agency that tries to please everyone,
especially the railroads it is supposed to be regulating. And with all
of the serious railroad accidents that have recently been occurring,
FRA's house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. And it needs to
start focusing on how the harassment of employees and unethical call
practices are having a negative effect on safety.

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Name: Fact
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 18 October 2014

Being a CSX manager is one of the biggest jokes that I have seen in
years. You people think you are Gods. You're a fish on a big hook.  A
puppet, clown. CSX ONLY PICKS UP MANAGERS THAT NO  OTHER COMPANY WANTS.
Just take a look and see..   So keep strutting you piss ants... Jokes on
you..........

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Name: Pissed at CSX
E-mail: lawyer09@yahoo.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 October 2014

I am a long-time resident of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and older,
well-established suburb on the southwest side of Chicago. 

Sadly, the CSX railroad tracks run diagonally through our nice little
town--meaning that you'll be blocked their poorly-maintained trains
not once, not twice, but a whopping three times. 

Evergreen Park, IL is in very close proximity to dozens of southwest
side suburbs. In essence, you could say the suburbs in this area are
wall-to-wall (to coin an old, cliche). More importantly, Evergreen
Park, IL is home to a major hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital.


And our neighbor to the west, Oak Lawn, is home to another--even
larger--hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center. Both hospitals take
all the emergency calls from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments
within about a five to seven mile radius. Additionally, Advocate Christ
Medical Center is a trauma center for all the gunshot victims on the
south and southwest sides of Chicago (if you've ever toured these
neighborhoods, you'll instantly see that it is rife with the lifestyle
that creates dozens-and-dozens of gunshot victims).

Well, back to the original storyline: CSX Railroad. 

Without exception, our quaint little town, Evergreen Park, IL, is held
hostage on a daily basis due the the utter incompetency of this
pathetically outdated railroad company. 

For whatever reason, CSX Railroad has decided that the train tracks
that run diagonally through Evergreen Park should be its personal
parking lot. 

Conservatively speaking, I'd say that CSX railroad blocks traffic in
Evergreen Park, IL approximately 30 times monthly. Remember, folks: I
stated CONSERVATIVELY.

And when this poor excuse for a railroad decides to block traffic, the
blockage oftentimes lasts for ONE HOUR OR LONGER. 

Not only does this create mayhem and chaos in the center of town, it
blocks emergency vehicles from 14-15 suburbs from reaching their
intended destinations: Little Company of Mary Hospital; and Advocate
Christ Medical Center.

As I sit stalled in traffic due to the utter incompetence of CSX
railroad, staring at a Chicago Fire Department ambulance doing the
same, I can only wonder how many people have died inside ambulances due
to being held captive by the boobs who operate CSX.

Complaints to the Evergreen Police Department, to the Evergreen Park
Trustees, and the Mayor seem to fall upon deaf ears. Yeah...they
promise to resolve the problem, but rarely--if ever--fail to address
the root cause--a 1920s style railroad trying to operate in the 21st
century.

To give the citizen of Evergreen Park some "sense" of action, the
village posts nonsense verbiage on the Village Hall electronic
billboard, asking frustrated citizens to call CSX Railroad...as if that
is going to do any good.

For myself, at least, I'm moving the h____l out of Evergreen Park, and
CSX railroad is the final nail in the coffin that perpetuated my move.
But for the elderly citizens of Evergreen Park--of which there are
many--they will be forced to suffer the ignominy of having to deal with
captivity, loud air horns, and the outright ignorance of the CSX
Railroad management.

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Name: USE YOUR HEAD!
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 08 October 2014

getting a banner test?             stop  way back   as far back as
possible !       then call dispatcher you have unidentified
trespasser!

 make em walk to you ! once you stop  they cant make you come to them
!

have your doors locked and makem show identity cards  they could be
imposters !

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Name: Fact
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 07 October 2014

It's contract time and we are getting ready to get our eyes screwed
out, also CSX try's to fire you everyday and the only thing that some
of you puss's worry about are crossing failures and people cheating. 
You are the very reason why this company pork's our eyeballs out. Keep
on, keepin on you cry babies. You get what you deserve at contract
time...       LOL.    PUNK's

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Name: help us!!!
E-mail: 
Employed as: APE, for 30+ years
Posted: 04 October 2014

HOPE MARTINS



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OK ATOM/WEBMASTER....YOU JUST HAVE TO HELP US OUT WITH THIS ONE. I HAVE
SEEN ALOT OF ATTEMPTS TO DRAW EVERYONES ATTENTION AWAY FROM SERIOUS
TOPICS THAT MAKE UPPER MANAGEMENT START SQUIRMING IN THEIR SEATS BUT
THIS?
IS THIS FOR REAL? CAN YOU TELL US IF THIS IS COMING FROM JACKSONVILLE?
THIS ISNT ANOTHER HIDDEN PERSONALITY OF PINES IS IT?

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Name: engineer only trains on bnsf
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 04 October 2014

read some news about the post about BNSF and the UTU running 1 man
trains on some BNSF lines. it was voted on by UTU members of that local
and it was voted DOWN! . if it would have passed BNSF would have been
able to run certin trains with 1 crew member and master conductors
stationed at various supply points to help the engineer if needed.
remember people crew consist are not negotiated in our contract. they
are by the railroads and the unions separately property by property
basis

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Name: Down with the sickness 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 30 September 2014

Csx management is one big joke. The employees in the transportation dept
are tired of getting beat to death by the Trainmasters /RFE that don't
have a clue about the rules and regulations. The "officials" are so
dumb, they don't realize that the very people that earn they're big
bonuses can also take them away. You think just because this company
gave you a title that your better than us.. Well here's a news flash
... You are still crap, (and always will be ) just like us in the
corparate eyes of CSX. So the laugh is on you..

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Name: new rules
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Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 September 2014

new safe way rule. October 1st under "work attire" 1.while wearing csx
approved work boot , shoe laces must be long enough to go threw all
eyelets that are on the boots 2. must have enough lace left over to tie
a double knot to secure the boot to the foot. upon request form a non
agreement manager you must show the manager that all eyelets have laces
through them and have a double know to give the wearer ankle support for
walking on ballast. any violations will result in a investigation of the
employee.

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Name: Cods wallop
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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 September 2014

The overriding problem at CSX is a lack of institutional memory in all
levels. They front level management knows they have crossed the line
into darkness, and for the most part, we don't want their sorry asses
back working with us. So they're in the position of having to impress
their equally incompetent superiors with their enthusiasm and ass
kissing.  Higher than that, the equally moronic directors and such, who
couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the
heel, can't recognize policies and procedures that fail over and over.
Most recently, they are once again insisting that every shove move in
the yards be protected, even if you know the track can hold the cars,
and the current rules seem to permit it. We're getting many 100 car
tanker trains for inspection, and they're bad-ordering 5-6 cars a
train. I guess their intent to to call an extra yard job, with people
they don't have, to switch these cars out.  We had 3 trains delayed
1-2 hours because CMC was too busy to get them called. And that's what
CMC told the train master. Lol.  Sterile cab is a good idea, but as per
normal, CSX will screw up the application.  If Munoz thinks it's a
good time to bail, I'm going to be dumping a chunk out of my 401k.  I
was surprised that he had that much in stock awards vested, but with
this board of unconscious zombies, they probably wrote him an
exemption.  Sort of like when they changed their own stock awards to a
fixed dollar amount from a fixed number of shares, conveniently before
"deciding" to split the stock. Then conducted a stick-up on the
engineer!s stock award.  The mafia has nothing on these guys.

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Name: new rules oct 1st
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Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 27 September 2014

new hand thrown switch rule starting October 1st . which states 1. check
switch point to make sure there is no obstruction 2. grab bow handle
firmly and release handle by stepping on latch 3. walk switch bow
handle over using both hands and locking handle in catch and test to
make sure handle is locked in catch. 4. check switch point to make sure
switch point is tight against stock rail . 5. walk 15 feet from switch
and lift up both arms and give double thumbs up in 2 directions, so a
manager watching from car, camera or hiding place knows the switch is
securely  and properly lined for movement.

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Name: fatigue
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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 September 2014

FRA...

WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE... 

RIGHT NOW IT IS  21:24(9:24 pm)ON THE 25TH AND AVON YARD IS TRYING TO
ORDER A POOL TRAIN THAT WAS ON THE LINE UP MAIN FRAME FOR 08:30
TOMORROW MORNING ON THE 26TH. WE CALLED THE IVR SYSTEM AT 17:40(5:40
pm) FOR A 4 HOUR AND AN 8 HOUR LINE UP ON THE  POOL. THE IVR SYSTEM
STATED THERE WAS NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR THIS POOL FOR THE NEXT 8 HOURS.

THEY ARE CALLING THIS TRAIN 11 HOURS EARLY AND ARE GOING TO CATCH SOME
POOR SAP OFF GUARD WHO PROBABLY DIDNT GO TO BED OR EVEN SUSPECT THIS
WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!POOL CREWS ARE NOT EXTRA BOARD PEOPLE AND WE EXPECT
OUR TRAIN LINE UP TO BE AT LEAST HALFWAY ACCURATE.  

THIS CRAP HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG WE CANT EVEN KEEP TRACT OF IT
ANYMORE. WE HAVE DOCUMENTED TIMES AND TAKEN SNAP SHOTS OF THIS CRAP AND
TURNED IT INTO THE UNION AND NOTHING IS GETTING DONE. THIS IS CAUSING A
SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE AND FATIGUE IN THE CREWS. SOMETHING HAS TO BE
DONE.

SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE AND SO DOES
JACKSONVILLE. IF THIS CRAP DOESNT STOP SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED!

HEY YOU!! MR CSX LAWYER WHO IS READING THIS! YOU BETTER DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THIS OR YOUR GOING TO BE MEETING SOMEONES LAWYER AT THE FUNERAL
HOME!

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Name: Ret. Eng and Manager
E-mail: 
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 September 2014

Even though technology has made major advancements, unless management
practices evolve with the times, the corporation will be plagued with
problems. †In the case of the railroad management, especially at higher
levels, they are still in the 1800ís, when it comes to their treatment
of their employees. †In just a few short years, equipment has evolved
in leaps and bound. But, their managers are still running steam
engines. The style of railroad management starts at the top. Their Law
Departments have much more control and influence they ever before,
right down to writing the operating rules. When CEO's decide to
release their grip and mindset on the past, things will change. Maybe
when younger management types, with new ideas, move into higher
positions with more authority, things will change for the better. †The
entire management military structure style of thinking needs to be
scrapped and replaced with a more competent style. Now, no one is
saying ALL managers are bad, no, not at all. But, When it comes to
business practices, the railroads need to do much better. Upper
management seems to have never figured out, with the new short
operating crews, new equipment, constant rule changes, their train
crews need to be much more productive then in the past. With ANY
company, a happy employee is a productive employee. Good morale is a
must or at least a plus. Just take a close look at other industries
around the world and glean what works best.

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Name: alert!!!
E-mail: 
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 September 2014

HEADS UP!!!!


Some supervisors have already started discussing our topic about
stopping several car length away when we do our safety stops so they
cant get any bogus write ups on us. 

Word is they are saying if they catch anyone stopping farther away than
250 feet( one was heard saying 250 feet and 1 inch!)they will bust them.
SO BE CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS DO A SAFETY STOP 2 CAR LENGTHS
AWAY. IF YOU STOP AND YOU THINK YOU ARE 250 FEET AWAY THEN MAKE YOUR
MOVE TO DO THE COUPLING YOU BETTER KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU ARE AT 250
FEET. DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT NON OF US HERE KNOW EXACTLY WERE 250
FEET IS SO WE ARENT GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF ASSUMING WE ARE EXACTLY
5 CAR LENGTHS AWAY.

FOR THE PUBLIC READERS WHO DONT KNOW OUR RULES SO THAT YOU CAN BETTER
UNDERSTAND OUR SITUATION POSTED ON HERE, A LITTLE EXPLANATION FOR YOU!


A SAFETY STOP CAN NOT BE MADE ANY FARTHER THAN 250 FEET AWAY FROM OR
CLOSER THAN 50 FEET FROM THE CAR YOU ARE COUPLING INTO. 
CAR LENGHTS ARE CONSIDERED 50 FEET. ITS A BIG GUESTIMATION GAME BUT
AFTER AN EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN WORKING LONG ENOUGH HE CAN GET A FEEL OF
WHAT MIGHT BE FIFTY FEET BUT NO ONE..ABSOLUTLEY NO ONE CAN GET IT
EXACT. WE HAVE SEEN OLD HEADS WITH 30 YEARS TRY TO HIT IN RIGHT ON AND
COULDNT DO IT! THE FARTHER A CAR IS AWAY FROM YOU THE MORE DISTORTED
THE GUESTIMATED VISUAL LENGTH BECOMES. 

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD STEP OFF 250 FEET EXACTLY?

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 23 September 2014

50 ft or one car length safety stop.
I find this interesting enough to comment.

With no radio the engineer would stop as per the rule when the trainman
was not in sight. They very seldom did, and those that did were ass's
simply because at times ( if you know where you are) it just happens,
and they reappear when the sight line is correct.
At times the speed was so fast that the trainman could not get off to
signal the engineer to slow down, now that was not very often. Most of
the time walking was easier than holding on.
So now we have the 50 ft rule. Simply and over reaction, to a simple
problem. Stop before making CONTACT.

I can tell ya why they are going to measure the distance today. Folks
are trying to get real close, (as would I), and it is an obvious rule
violation.

Now the bad part is----when I say stop, or the engineer hears stop---
how far is that? I have seen real quick stops and others that take a
lot more room, some engineers have a feel for the stop signal coming,
and others are not as aware.

JMTCW

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