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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: Facts 
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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 20 December 2014

Folks we have a tie for the " Dumbest trainmaster on the Huntington
Division" the award goes to Shiloh Campbell and David Benson. In order
to win this award the employee is graded on 1.. How dumb they are  2 ..
How bad that the employees hate them.  3.. How offen that they show
they're ignorance. 3.. And the list goes on... So, congratulation
dumba$$ for being you..

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Name: Facts
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Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 20 December 2014

The award for being the "Worest trainmasters in the Huntington
division" goes to  Shiloh Campbell and David Benson.  To achieve this
award these individuals had to show how dumb that they really are and
they have No respect from the employees. They have truly lost focus on
the real world. The hatered from the employees proves the lack of
people and management skills. True idiots.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 17 December 2014

You guys are a bunch of cry babies ive made 94k this year with no
college degree, where else could you make that kind of money, yes the
hours/schedule sucks but come on im not hurting for money and it could
be worse.i could be in line for my free Obama phone

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Name: Paul Lopez
E-mail: penncentral@earthlink.net
Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years
Posted: 13 December 2014

WOW....It has to have been at least 8 years since the last time I
visited this site, and I have to admit I'm absolutely stunned to see
this site still up and running!

I've been "unofficially...???" off on disability from the Selkirk
car department since 2006. And although I must admit that I still miss
the job, I certainly don't miss CSX and their mistreatment of its
employees during the first years of its takeover. 

In my heart I will always be a railroader with fond memories of my
years with the PENN CENTRAL and CONRAIL. Any railroaders today that
weren't around to experience working for those two railroads...well, I
don't know what to say. Guess you had to be there to understand what it
meant to work during perhaps the darkest years of the PC and survive
into the "Golden" years of CONRAIL.

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Name: NOTICE 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 10 December 2014

For the Robert Pines fan club... We are tired of hearing about this limp
dick. Let's get back to the real world and focus on how CSX SUCKS....
You can take this pines fellar and shove him stright up your back
side........ You must have a man crush on him......  
         F   A    G    G   O   T   S.

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Name: sanatshelper
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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years
Posted: 09 December 2014

LISTEN UP DISPTACHERS!

With all the bashing you have received this year since it is Christmas
time, santa and his elves decided it was time for you to get a little
assistance. He knows you read this website, especially the dispatchers
on the great lakes division.... you only get this one time gift so pay
attention!

For the dispatchers who were never conductors or engineers here is a
lesson
EQUIPMENT HANDLING RULES BOOK: RULE 5502 states THE NUMBER OF POWERED
AXLES IN USE MUST NOT EXCEED 24 FOR THE OPERATING LOCOMOTIVES THAT ARE
PULLING A TRAIN OR A CUT OF CARS

When a crew who is running under track speed tones you up and tells you
they cant make track speed and ask for your permission to put another
locomotive on line if they have one that is not, you are just assuming
they have the other loco off because of the fuel conservation rule. 
WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG! A lot are off because they will violate the
powered axle rule if they turn them on. If you didn't know not all 6
axle locomotive are rated as six. There are numerous that have been
upgraded to 7-8-9-10-11. Supervisors have been telling the crews that
Jacksonville doesn't care if they turn the locos on all they care is
about making track speed. BULLSHIT!  You know as well as anyone else if
something major goes down these supervisors WILL NEVER ADMIT THEY TOLD
ANY CREWS TO VIOLATE THE RULE. ONLY MORONS BELEIVE THEY WILL BACK THEM.
They have also been told NOT TO VOLUNTEER ANY INFO AS TO THE REASON THE
POWER IS ISOLATED.
So here is Santas advice to you. The next time an engineer or a no it
all conductor tones you up and wants to put another unit online because
he isn't making track speed you better make sure you tell them "YES,
BUT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ALLOWED POWERED
AXLES ON LINE! When a crew rips out a draw bar or jack knifes a cut all
over town or the hill side while shoving it and they find out they had
more than 24 axles on line the crew is going to tell them that the
dispatcher gave them permission to put the other engine on line! You
think you wont get in trouble because the engineer is supposed to make
the adjustment? When you have supervisors telling them to leave you in
the dark and just get your permission I would say your getting set up!
Better make sure you tell the crews to make axle adjustments per the
rule!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR......

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Name: pissed off
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 07 December 2014

FRA and Union drops the ball


Now they have stooped to an all time low. This safety safety safety
bullshit preaching is just a bunch of hot air they should be using to
blow their bozo balloons up!

Chicago division forced a train out with a conductor who didn't have a
clue about where he was going. Not even the slightest qualified on the
territory. since they didn't have anyone qualified to go they order
the engineer to be his trainer. These stupid ass morons expected the
engineer to train this guy, teach him the territory, cover his ass and
run the train as well. Train had way too many cars for the engineer to
see what the hell this new guy was even doing, let alone train him.
What happened to this so called all important conductor certification
that is supposed to be so god awful important. Since when is an
engineer supposed to take a stinking new guy out and be his trainer and
pilot and be responsible for the safe running and handling of the
train.

Great lakes division is letting marked up conductors jump on
territories with cheat sheets and notes and are being told that they
don't need pilots or training. Supervisors were heard saying don't
worry about anything, the engineers will take care of you. They don't
want to get in trouble either!

What the hell is happening here. The god damn dollar more important
than the safe training of an employee. The engineers job isn't worth a
shit either? You'd think all engineers do is just sit up there and pick
their noses! They think we don't have our own responsibilities to
handle. God damn erad, gps, black box and train handling and now we got
to be babysitters for new guys on territories they don't know a thing
about. I thought this was against the BLET agreements and the FRA
training guidelines for class 1 railroads. This is bullshit. This crap
didn't happen 30 years ago. A new cub on a territory had to attach
himself to the hip of the brakeman and learn the damn job for months
before he was allowed to take the role of the conductor! This crap is
way out of control and if this keeps up there is going to be a
conductor laying out there cut in half or rolled up under a car
somewhere because the engineer cant get off the engine and do back and
help this guy do his job!  FRA better get off their asses or someone is
going to half to get another government agency involved!

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Name: True story 
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Employed as: APE, for 30+ years
Posted: 06 December 2014

Here is the true story.... When you hire on the Railroad, you most of
the time leave low paying jobs or hire in off the street, So you start
making good money, start a family, then you go deep in debt, before you
know it the Railroad has you. You can't move, your stuck with whatever
this company dishes out. You have to put up with harassment, new hire
managers with poor management skills that have been hired off the
street, HERE IS EXACTLY WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN WORKING FOR THE
RAILROAD.     1 --Ex-board  ( on-call) for the rest of your career, 2
--- harassment  by new management  ( No people skills)  3 ---  Every
time you get called to work, You can't focus on your job because in
your mind your thinking " I'm I going to get fired today" ...  
4 --- Your family can't and won't handle your lifestyle.  The divorce
rate is very high on the R.R.        You will lose it all...... It's a
gamble....... Think about it new hires.......

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Name: Notice
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 06 December 2014

Guys stop being so gullible. CSX stock and 4 quarter earnings will show
a loss because it's contract time and we get a bonus next year. I bet
our contract and bonus will suck just like this company. This company
doesn't care about your family. Management only cares about they're
bonus. CSX Management has more greed than any other company of the
planet.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 03 December 2014

Just sits there loud at night. No respect for the neighbor hood. No
station.

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Name: Always awake
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 November 2014

L&N

If your on a straight shot train that runs from one terminal to another
on main line and doesn't stop to do any work on the way, then there is
no way in hell that an engineer can run so slow he can count railroad
ties on purpose to outlaw or get overtime. The erad, gps and the
dispatchers who are awake can easily tell on the crew and the engineers
know this. It only takes so much time to run from cp to cp at a certain
miles per hour. Slow orders, work authorities, trains with rolling junk
power, and bad rail causes enough problems for the engineer the last
thing he needs is to have a dispatcher accusing him of running slow on
purpose. Dispatchers should know what we deal with out here. If they
don't then they need to get off their butts and get out on these
trains for a week. AND DO IT IN SECRET! WE ALL KNOW EVERY TIME AN
OFFICIAL GETS ON BOARD THE SIGNALS ARE ALL GREEN AND THE TRAIN IS
RUNNING HOT SHOT. LET THE DISPATCHER SEE EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF RAIL WE
HAVE TO SLOW DOWN 10-15 MPH SO WE DONT GET BOUNCED OUT OF OUR SEATS.
EVERY SINGLE BLIND CURVE THAT HAS A GATE CROSSING IN IT AND IS BUSY AS
HELL AT RUSH HOUR. YEAH, SOME ENGINEERS HAVE A CONSCIENCE AND KNOW
WHERE DANGER MIGHT JUST BE AROUND THE CORNER AND BACK OFF. WE DONT JUST
HAVE TRAINS TO RUN. WE HAVE A DUTY TO RUN SAFELY AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC
IF POSSIBLE. ITS ALSO OUR RESPONSIBILTY TO MAKE SURE ALERT TRAINS WITH
POISIONOUS AND TOXIC CHEMICALS CARS THAT ARE TERRORIST INTEREST CARS
ARE HANDLED WITH THE HIGHEST OF REGARD FOR THE CREWS SAFETY AS WELL AS
THE PUBLICS. BRIDGES THAT LEAN, BOUNCE CARS AND ROCK THEM ARE ANOTHER
CAUSE FOR TRAINS TO SLOW DOWN! THE LIST CAN GO ON ALL NIGHT!
Dispatchers take smoke breaks and sometimes long lunches while other
dispatchers man their desk. Yeah, maybe they are entitled but their
jobs are to run the trains just like us and we are under just as much
pressure if not more. I hope some day they install overhead cameras in
their cubicles, erad to see how many times they have to fix an error
they make and a gps to see how may times they slowed down when they are
typing and how many times they take a break  or walk away from their
computer! Then the train crews will be able to say WELCOME TO MY
WORLD!
AND THE BEST IDEA OF ALL.....DRUM ROLL.....Lets rig their cars to the
level or our junk power so when they drive home their speedometer
bounces or fluctuates, the wipers don't work worth a shit, the defrost
doesn't work if they have one, the radio cracks and pops and and burst
static in their ears all night and constantly beeps like a bad headend
device or an alerter going off every 10 seconds, window cracked blowing
cold air in their face and water when its raining, the god awful smell
like someone put shit on their engine, the seat hard as a rock and
unable to adjust for their leg lengths, horn that blows their ears off
every time they use it and the fuel injector half plugged so the thing
surges and lunges while they are driving.
Yeah, lets do that and then they can see why we get distracted from
running full throttle at 8 the entire trip!  Yeah, lack of sleep is the
least of our worries!

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 29 November 2014

Look's like KYLE is on board at 12 year's of age!

Gotta love the interest,, but maybe a little more time will bring him
around.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Conductor, for N/A
Posted: 29 November 2014

how many trains are getting the detector just west of Garrett Indiana
and just dragging the trains into Garrett and  passing off to the next
crew !  with the boots on? and 12,000 ft of train?  doing the job
according to the rules checking both sides ? not just one?  at least
three hours?   how many crews still sitting there on rear units with
the heat on?   say all ok no defects found after an hour and a half?
  hmmmm ? did ya wipe the sleep outa your eyes !

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Name: kyle
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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 November 2014

This note is for di,s and any block operators that are still out there,
i know what you guys do and you have that attitude at times, yea like i
dont care let that crew out law and rot there forever, yes you peeps do
and do it too, cost of a taxie,ot and you dont care rats ass about it
unless you are the ones sitting out in 10 buck 2 for 5 hrs or 16. you
have yer 8 hr gig and go home to a nice dinner and you family and
forget all about the men who are out in the field doing the REAL WORK,
ITS sure not you guys sitting a comfy office, and then when we outlaw,
its are fault, i am not the one who gave me a junk engine that could
not haul the tonnage, its was you peeps who did that, the ones wo
should have had the brains to say you can not move a 17 thousand train
over the rr at even 30 mph with 3 old 1500 hp units, all you say is oh
its level rr you can make it, yea like at 10 mph, when will you fuck
heads wise up??"??

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Name: kyle
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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 November 2014

wish a lot of you dudes would have known me, esp when ya got on the
ground, he he i was a master re railing car and locos if it was not
real bad and to you sig maintainers  yea dam right i knew and still do
know how to cherry pic those electric lock switches, ha ha done it many
times.

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Name: WARNING
E-mail: 
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 November 2014

WARNING...WARNING.....WARNING....WARNING...WARNING....


THIS WARNING IS NOT A JOKE. LET US REPEAT THIS AGAIN. THIS WARNING IS
NOT A JOKE!

ORDERS FROM ABOVE HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN ON THE GREAT LAKES DIVISION TO
FIRE MORE ENGINEERS. ALL CONDUCTORS GOING TO ENGINEER SCHOOL WILL BE
MULTI TERRITORY TRAINED AND QUALIFIED. IF YOU ARE AN ENGINEER WHO IS
NOT QUALIFIED ON MULTIPLE TERRITORIES BECAUSE YOUR SENIORITY ALLOWS YOU
TO HOLD ONE TERRITORY YOU DO NOT FIT INTO THE FUTURE PLANS OF THE
COMPANY. YOU WILL BE TARGETED FOR TERMINATION SO YOU CAN BE REPLACED
WITH A NEW ENGINEER WHO CAN BE USED AS MULTI PURPOSE AND REDUCE THE USE
OF EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS IN TURN REDUCING THE ENGINEERS EXTRA BOARD. iN
THE FUTURE EVERY ENGINEER WILL BE EXPECTED TO ACCEPT EVERY CALL THEY
RECIEVE AND NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED ON THE
TERRITORY.

AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A JOKE. WATCH EVERYTHING YOU DO. CYA CYA CYA CYA
CYA. IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING TARGETED, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN
IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE PULLED OUT OF SERVICE. TAKE YOUR
TIME AND MAKE SURE YOU DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK. WARN YOUR FELLOW
EMPLOYEES. MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THIS ORDER!

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Name: HA
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 22 November 2014

GO AWAY SO CALLED TRAINMASTER..... OR FRIEND OR WHO EVER YOU ARE NOW
TRYING TO DISTRACT OTHERS WITH YOU STUPID LBT CRAP....



IGNORE HIM PEOPLE.... YOU ARE MAKING MANAGEMENT SQUIRM. THEY KNOW THE
POST ABOUT THE NEW AGREEMENT IS RIGHT ON HEAD AND THERE ARE RADIO
ISSUES.  IGNORE HIM AND HE WILL GO BACK UNDER HIS ROCK....


THIS AGREEMENT IS A JOKE AND HAS LOOP HOLES THAT WILL ALLOW THE CARRIER
TO STICK IT UP FARTHER THAN THEY ALREADY DO. IF THE BLET PUSHES THIS
THROUGH WITHOUT BLACK AND WHITE PROTECTION CLAUSES WRITTEN UP THEN ITS
TIME TO FIND ANOTHER UNION



AS FOR THE POST ON GETTING PERSONAL DAYS.... LC WAS RIGHT... THERE ARE
THOSE WHO GET THEM ANYTIME THEY WANT AND THOSE WHO DONT.  THE SUCKS WHO
BUY PIZZAS AND SEND THEM TO DISPATCH AND THOSE WHO TAKE EVERY SINGLE
CALL FROM THE CREW CALLERS WILL ALWAYS BE TREATED BETTER. AGAIN
FAVORTISM IS ALIVE AND WELL AND ALWAYS WILL BE!

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 22 November 2014

Anyone have radio failures between your engineer and conductor during a
shove movement? Any documents available that the Kenwood handheld
radios had radio issues? Any accidents caused by lost radio
communications?

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

RETIRED.

Oh by the way this guy was the past GC for the BLE.

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

RETIRED.
Similar incident with speed and road crossings.I ASKED the Engineer to
reduce speed and blow the crossings correctly. He said F--- you and we
survived. I remember it so well, did nothing, never called the
Conductor, never told the Conductor. As a brakeman alone with the
Engineer every trip it was the smart thing to do, but not the right
thing to do. He ran through crossing after crossing with no bell or
whistle, and said the SOB's will not stop anyway! 





Name: RETIRED
E-mail: 
Employed as: Conductor, for N/A
Posted: 18 November 2014

A FEW YEARS AGO WE WERE HEADING WEST OUT OF WILLARD OHIO, WE WERE FIVE
MILES OUT OF THIS PARTICULAR TOWN AND ALL WE SEE IS FLASHING LIGHTS
GOING BACK AND FORTH OVER THE CROSSING  ,NOTHING IN OUR ORDERS ABOUT A
PARADE !   MY ENGINEER AND I WENT AT IT ARGUING  ! AS I ORDERED HIM TO
BRING TRAIN DOWN TO RESTRICTED SPEED  HE DID AS INSTRUCTED  WHILE
STILL
ARGUING  , HIS ATTITUDE WAS VERY  POOR NEEDLESS TO SAY!  OH SCREW EM
LETS ? WELL SOME OF YOU MAY GET THE IDEA   THAT HE DIDN'T CARE IF HE
HIT SOMEONE !

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