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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: 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
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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!!!
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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: 
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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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Name: UP Eng.
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 23 September 2014

Posted by Fed UP
Folks its not a joke. Oct 1 ( around about) there will be a change in
testing procedures.
 " measuring  tools " will be used among other "tools" to do to
the
test with... It's all changing in Oct.. Trust me
>>>>>>>>>>

Trust me, this is all about justifying their Jobs. It is a direct
reflection of the Division Mangaer/Supt. If he is on the Trainmastes
ass, then it runs down hill. CSX needs to adopt a better system of
discipline. Even The Union Pacific is more employee friendly than CSX. 
You need to remember, CSX is attempting to run their railroad like the
military. That is still 1800ís management thinking. But, thatís where
their heads are. If I were a CSX operating employee, I would go to work
with a big lunch, figure each  trip is going to be 12 hours plus and
give them 100% rule compliance.  If they want a 50 foot safety stop,
give them 75 feet. The best way to get rid of a bad rule is, comply
with it 100%. I have been told, some Trainmasters instruct conductors
to show ALL work be done, when itís not, so as to receive their bonos
checks. Thatís something that should stopped.

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Name: Down with the sickness 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 22 September 2014

This isn't a railroad anymore..... It's a circus....         CSX SUCKS
BIG ONES

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Name: Fed up 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 September 2014

Folks its not a joke. Oct 1 ( around about) there will be a change in
testing procedures.
 " measuring  tools " will be used among other "tools" to do to the
test with... It's all changing in Oct.. Trust me

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Name: Fed up
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 19 September 2014

Folks just wait until October 1 and see the new testing procedures
coming out.  This company and lost they're freakin mind...  Here is
one example " when a conductor stops you for a safety stop ( which is
one car length ) if the stop is shorter than one car length or 50 feet
( let's say it was an 48 ft stop ) which is less than the 50 foot
stop. Then the conductor is written up. The official will have a
measuring tool to check the exact footage. This is only one test of
many ....

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Name: watchdog
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 16 September 2014

CMC MANAGER

WE suggest you get out of your seat and office and start paying more
attention to your crew dispatchers. One of your callers on second shift
put two, not one, but two employees on hold for 45 minutes. These
employees had vital information that could have filled a vacancy that
would have moved a train 45 minutes earlier from its terminal. One of
these employees had been called earlier to be asked to work other
vacancies and when contacted told the caller that they didn't want to
work anything but their pool they were assigned to. According to the
employee the caller had a bad attitude and hung up on them. When it
came time to run the rosters for a vacancy of his pool, they called his
house for exactly 3 seconds. They made no attempt to leave a message or
contact this employee even though he had made it clear he would work
that pool. Several of us listened to the recording of the 3 second call
and we all know what happened is true. In the meantime the second
employee who was on hold knew the other employee was trying to get
through and was trying to help get the job filled. After being on 2
telephones at once for 45 minutes as well this employee got ahold of a
supervisor at the yard and told them what was going on. He was told how
long both employees had been on hold and if he wanted to get his train
out of the yard on time he better get ahold of a manager and tell the
caller to answer the phone. This supervisor did make contact with
someone in crew management and they instructed them to put the
volunteer on the job and get the train ordered. Did they do as
instructed? NO! Did they take the volunteers call? NO! At this time
there was absolutely no one available to work the train because of
severe manpower shortage. There was even a notation put in the
mainframe on lineups that it was the end of all decisions to fill the
job after trying to fill it for 30 minutes. This wouldn't have been a
problem if they had just bothered to answer the phone. The phone calls
have been saved and proof of all times the employees were on hold has
been viewed by a supervisor. We know the callers have caller ID. I
would hate to think they deliberately refused to answer the volunteers
call because he wouldn't accommodate them earlier and refused to work
the other jobs they called him for. We are not sure why they refused to
answer the other employees call. Maybe because they knew they were the
other employee who would also be on the job and thought maybe they
might tell them the other employee wanted to work and they couldn't
refuse him because there was no one else? The only reason the job got
filled right after the yard supervisor made his call is because an
employee called in to mark up from being off and asked the caller how
long it would be before he was called and they told him right away if
he wanted to take the vacancy. If that employee hadnt called right at
that moment who knows what would have happened. Who knows how much
longer the train would have been delayed just because they refused to
answer the phone! Mr. crew manager, if you think for one moment that
your callers are not rude or they don't play games then think again.
If you think they don't show favorites, think again! If you don't
think there is a pattern of who gets PB days while others can never get
any think again! Pretty soon the straw that broke the camels back just
might be hanging on yours if you don't start paying more attention to
your subordinates! 45 minutes on hold!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME. WHEN YOU
GET HOME I WANT YOU TO SIT IN YOUR LAZY BOY AND HOLD A PHONE TO YOUR
EAR FOR 45 MINUTES. YOU THINK THAT DOESNT SOUND VERY LONG!  JUST SIT IN
YOUR CHAIR WITH 2 PHONES TO YOUR EARS FOR 45 MINUTES AND SEE JUST HOW
LONG IT IS. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR AND DEFINATELY POOR BUSINESS
PRACTICES! IF THERE WASNT A FIRE IN THE BUILDING OR A TORNADO OR
HURRICANE EVACUATION THEN THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE PHONES NOT TO BE
ANSWERED FOR 45 MINUTES!

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Name: 
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 12 September 2014

thank god the members of the SMART union proved they we're smart even
if their leaders aren't. they voted the engineer only agreement down.
congratulations.

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Name: Down with the sickness
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 05 September 2014

Has anyone heard anything on the UTU/BLET negotiations  ? Positive or
negative ?? Thanks.....          CSX TRULY SUCKS.......

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Name: 
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 01 September 2014

Jacob's mom grounded him from Facebook.

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Name: jacob
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for N/A
Posted: 28 August 2014

you guys are a bunch of jelous babies and CSX does not suck. The
computer THAT THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS WEBSITE WAS ON A CSX TRAIN!!!
what other rail road do you like? besides its not CSXs fauld, its the
engineers! so stop winnig out of your moms basement a get a life!

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Name: health alert
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A
Posted: 26 August 2014

HEALTH ALERT

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE EXPOSED TO UNSANITARY TOILETS ON YOUR ENGINES
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPORT THESE ISSUES TO YOUR STATE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT. EVEN THOUGH YOU WORK FOR A CLASS ONE RAILROAD WHO'S
OPERATING RULES ARE REGULATED BY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY, YOU ARE
ALSO A CIVILIAN. THE STATE THAT YOU LIVE IN CAN CONSIDER YOU A HEALTH
RISK TO SURROUNDING BUSINESSES AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY IF YOU ARE ABLE
TO SPREAD CONTAMINATES FROM YOUR WORK PLACE.

WHEN YOU STEP INTO A BATHROOM ON YOUR ENGINE THAT HAS SPLASHED OUT ON
THE FLOOR DUE TO POOR MAINTANANCE OF THE UNIT YOU HAVE NOW STEPPED IN
URINE AS WELL AS FECES. WHEN YOU LEAVE THE BATHROOM AND WALK AROUND THE
CAB, YOU HAVE NOW DISTRIBUTED THE CONTAMINATES ONTO THE FLOOR. WHEN YOU
PUT YOUR GRIPS AND TRAVEL BAGS ON THE FLOOR YOU HAVE NOW EXPOSED YOUR
PERSONAL BELONGINGS TO THE CONTAMINATION. YOU CARRY THESE INTO THE
HOTELS, PTI WAGONS AND INTO YOUR OWN PERSONAL VEHICLES AS WELL INTO ANY
YARD BUILDINGS. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH LAWS. IF
YOU TAKE CHARGE OF AN ENGINE IN THIS CONDITION YOU NEED TO REPORT IT TO
YOUR SUPERVISORS AND TO THE ENGINE HOUSE FOREMAN. DO NOT....I
REPEAT....DO NOT SET YOUR BELONGINGS ON A BARE FLOOR. SET THEM ON
PLASTIC BAGS. 
RETIRED FRA IS CORRECT ABOUT FILING A COMLAINT WITH YOUR
REPRESENTATIVE, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO LET YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
KNOW OF THE CONSTANT EXPOSURES AT WORK. YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN MUST KNOW
ABOUT YOUR EXPOSURES TO UNCONTAINED URINE AND POSSIBLE FECES
CONTAMINATION. YOUR DOCTOR MAY NEED THIS INFO FOR FUTURE REFERENCES IF
YOU BECOME SICK AND IT IS RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO BODILY
FLUIDS/CONTAMINATES.
IF YOU DO NOT FEEL SAFE REPORTING THIS ISSUE TO YOUR LOCAL HEALTH
DEPARTMENT, YOUR PHYSICIAN CAN FILE A REPORT FOR YOU.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 24 August 2014

To Sp Engineer,

Please remember------ for many years there was nothing.
then came the toilet on the locomotive. The early cab units had them in
the rear beside the rear door. They worked as long as the water tank was
filled, same as passenger coaches, however they were never serviced, and
you can imagine the result of that.

When they were outlawed by the environment community the NS could have
retrofit and installed holding tanks, or buy new. They did neither, and
now you have the folding stool. For a while they were thrown everywhere
which resulted in numbering each one. Yes they were signed for and
assigned to every T&E.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 24 August 2014

To Sp Engineer,

Please remember------ for many years there was nothing.
then came the toilet on the locomotive. The early cab units had them in
the rear beside the rear door. They worked as long as the water tank was
filled, same as passenger coaches, however they were never serviced, and
you can imagine the result of that.

When they were outlawed by the environment community the NS could have
retrofit and installed holding tanks, or buy new. They did neither, and
now you have the folding stool. For a while they were thrown everywhere
which resulted in numbering each one. Yes they were signed for and
assigned to every T&E.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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