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CSX Rail Terminology

Useful for studying for a conductor/ MOW test.

What are the 7 different types of switches? High, Low, Center, Dual Controlled (power operated), Non-dual, bow handle, electric lock controlled power operated, Electric Lock, and Spring Switch.
What is a track that provides access to an industry? A Customer Siding.
What is the name of a train service employee responsible for the safe & efficient switching of rail cars and assisting with train operations? (remember he gets your juice box) A Trainman or Brakeman.
who is the train service employee in charge of the train or yard crew. (Also called a yard foreman)? A Conductor
What are the two types of knuckles? E-50 (most common), and F-51
What does SOFA stand for and what are the 5 SOFA rules? Switching Operations Fatality Analysis. 1:Fouling Tracks, 2 crews same track (Prohibited same track at same time w/o direct communication with all crew) 3. Conduct Job Briefings anytime changes are made and @ start of work day. 4. Communication(Distance
where is the area For loading & unloading cars used by customers that do not have a private siding? Public/Team Tracks.
What is used for weighing freight cars? Scales
How many types of scales are there and where are they located? Static scales, weigh in Motion, Coupled in Motion. They are found in the flat switch yard, hump yard, & Unit trains.
What are the 3 types of cross ties? 1. Wood 2. Concrete 3. Steel
What is the track gauge? 4 foot by 8 and a half inches.
What is a track that is used for meeting or passing trains called? A Passing Siding.
What is a device made of Rail components constructed & assembled to permit the wheels from one rail cross another rail of an intersecting track? A Frog AKA a Guarded Frog.
Outgoing freight cars are switched, usually from the classification yard or directly from the receiving yard to build outbound trains here? The Departure Yard.
Tracks other than the main tracks (Auxiliary tracks). Yard tracks are used for switching & classifying cars? Yard Tracks.
What are two turnouts with the track between frogs arranged to form a continuous passage between two nearby & generally parallel tracks called? A Crossover.
What is the device located at both ends of a car to connect one rail car to another called? Coupler.
What is the section of track called where the transfer of rail cars from one railroad to another at a common junction point called? An Interchange.
What is rail identified by? It's Weight.
What are the names of the three parts of a rail called? 1. Head (ball) 2. Webb 3. Base
What section of tracks is used to prepare cars for loading? Clean out tracks.
What is Operating Rule S? In case of doubt or uncertainty, the SAFE(ST) Course must be taken."
What are the 5 components of track structure? 1. Crossties 2. Steel Tie Plates 3. Spikes 4. Rail Anchors (Prevent creep or Run) 5. Ballast (stones used for drainage ect..)
Its a parallel track track used to store cars or allow another train to pass. Also a track located near a customers plant or warehouse and is used to place cars for loading or unloading freight (Remember accessed by throwing a switch). A Siding.
Whats a system of tracks for storage & maintenance of cars & locomotives & for making up trains. The function is to sort, group, & classify freight for further movement? A Yard.
What is used for supporting other yards some industries lease tracks for loading & unloading when the rail facility is not at their location? Support/Leased Tracks.
How many telemetry devices there? Two.
What did the EOT Device replace? The Caboose.
What type of switch is used to cut cars off in motion using a locomotive to shove them? A Flat Switch.
What is the location called to store or hold rail cars for later use; sometimes for disassembling? A Storage Yard.
What is a yard with elevated track, or hump, over which cas are shoved with a switch engine. Cars are cut off at the top of the hump & travel by gravity to classification tracks. A Hump.
What are the tracks that extend through yards, & between stations or cities called? (Remember the purpose is to connect yards, terminals, & cities) Main Tracks.
What are a set of tracks that diverge from the main set of tracks or other sets of tracks which provide access to Industrial or Commercial Areas (Usually dead ends within an industrial area) called? Spur Tracks.
What is a device consisting of two movable rails, necessary connections & operating parts, designed to turn a locomotive or cars from the track on which it is running to another track called? Switches (aka Turnout).
What is the set of tracks is used for light & heavy repairs of freight cars called? Car Repair Service Tracks.
When is the Personal Protection tinted Eyewear Equipment allowed to be worn? One hour after sunrise, and one hour before sunset. Never allowed in tunnels and low light areas. Side Shields needed as well.
What is the name of the breaking device, usually power operated, built into railway tracks to reduce speed of rail cars by means of brake shoes when set in braking position resting against the sides of the lower portions of the wheels called? A Retarder.
What is the name of several rail cars coupled together anywhere (Also know as several cars set out from a train)? A Cut.
What is the name of the person responsible for the control of trains & Engines operating within a yard called? A Yardmaster.
This is a single "lead" track with many tracks branching off to form a classification yard; Main switching track in a yard from which Industrial tracks lead? A Ladder.
This is where engines are fueled and sanded. (Engine sand is coarse, dry sand that is loaded and used to produce traction on the rail)? Locomotive Service Tracks.
What is the max speed at which coupling of cars can happen? 4 Miles Per Hour.
High Visibility Apparel approved by CSX must be worn within how close to the tracks? 25 Feet.
What is the name of the form used for on duty personal injury report? PI-1A
What are the steps taken when filing out a PI-1A (Personal Injury Report)? 1. Report to supervisor 2. Fill out the form correctly 3. all incidents must be reported to the train dispatcher or supervisor.
What is the GS-1 (Safety Responsibilities)? 1. Need a copy of the CSX Safeway accessible while on duty 2. Behavior in the workplace 3. Local, state, FED Regulations Observed 4. Work & Environment ares kept clean & protected from controllable hazards.
What are the 8 types of rail cars? 1. Box car 2. Auto Rack 3. Tank Cars 4. Flat Cars 5. Covered Hopper 6. Hoppers 7. Gondola Cars 8. Refrigerated Cars
What is the proper equipment to be worn/have when carrying a radio? A CSX Approved Chest type Radio Harness, holster, & microphone lapel.
When was the CSX Safe Way Rules Effective? July 1st, 2010.
When are Job Briefings conducted? Before begging work activity, when work activities change (conditions), when another person joins your crew, and lastly when required to handle a hand operated main track switch in non-signal territory.
These Tracks are used for arriving trains at the final terminal? Receiving Yard.
What is the name of the person who has control of remote control locomotive or platform by means of an operator control unit called? A Remote Control Operator.
What is the difference between HTD one and HTD two? The Emergency Toggle Switch.
What are the names of the four types of derails? 1. Sliding De-rail 2. Hinged De-rail 3. Lift-off temporary de-rail 4. Split Rail (one switch point) de-rail.
When is Hearing Personal Protective Equipment to be worn? within 100 feet of a locomotive operating in a throttle position other than idle. At Highway Crossing Grade. 100 feet near a hump yard Inside the cab of a locomotive or wherever its posted
What is the CSX Safety Motto? No Job is so Important, No Service so Urgent, that we cannot take time to perform all work safely!
Are you required to have a job briefing when handling a hand operated switch in non-signal territory? YES! Only when on the main track.
What is a self-job briefing called? A "Safety Second." To remind yourself of the job being performed, hazards involved, & the rules that you must follow!
This causes 30% of all CSX Injuries? Slips, Trips & Falls. Remember 1/3 accidents are caused from improper mounting and dismounting of equipment.
What is the minimum distance you must stand from a switch or De-rail? 10 Feet (30 feet with a passing train).
What must you not do unless you have 3-step protection or blue signal protection? Cross any track within 25 Feet of the end of standing equipment.
What must you not use while operating tools, equipment, doors, & windows by hand? Use Excessive Force.
What are the other two things you must do after looking both directions for train/car movement? Then you can foul or cross the tracks in either direction. Whenever moving from under or between equipment, and getting on or off the equipment.
What must you do before crossing tracks? Stop, Look in both directions, & listen for any on-coming train/car movement.
What are exceptions to "fouling" tracks? (Rule TS-15) Engineers performing a calendar day inspection on the locomotive assigned to him/her. Trainmen stationed at an EOT to perform an Air brake test on his/her train or cars. Lastly, employees operating a cut lever or Bleed Rod.
If you are the employee being protected, when can you request the removal of 3-step protection? When you have Cleared the equipment & it is safe to do so.
If you are the employee providing the protection, you must no change the position of any of the controls listed in TS-15A unless? You are authorized to do so by the employee who requested 3-step protection, or you are the Operator of a RCO locomotive & have established 3-step protection for yourself & have cleared the equipment.
Before going between standing equipment, how far must the equipment be separated? At least 50 Feet (or one cars length).
Are employees allowed to get off moving equipment? NO!
When getting on equipment, if you observe that the area you intend to get on has a defect or unsafe condition, what must you do? Scan the equipment to make sure its safe and free of any hazards.
What are the two types of close clearances? Temporary & Permanent
When riding on equipment what must you do before reaching a close clearance? Stop & Dismount before reaching close clearance.
What is the minimum distance you must stop the movement when making a safety stop? 50 to 250 feet.
What must not be used to adjust a coupler? Excessive Force
What are the two tools used to adjust a coupler called? A Knuckle mate and Strap.
What must you be prepared for when using a knuckle-mate? Unexpected Movement.
What are the 3 types of hand brakes? Horizontal shaft, Ratchet, & Vertical Wheel.
What must be used, when available, to apply or release a vertical-wheel hand brake? A Company approved Brake Stick.
When applying a ratchet-type hand break what must be established & maintained? 3-Step
When you are unable to release a hand brake, what can you use to assist you, if practicable? A Brake Stick
What is a BreakStick used for? only on vertical wheel hand breaks to open a knuckle, operate retainer valves that are on standing equipment, or to remove a track skate with the appropriate protection (3 step, Blue Signal ect...) when necessary.
What must you do when you find a defective track switch or derail? Report and tag it.
when operating a track switch or derail, how may your foot be used? only to operate the keeper & for final downward pressure to switch the lever & latch it.
what must NEVER be used to remove foreign material from the switch? Hands, Feet or any part of the body.
What are the 3 types of derails called? Lift-off (straddle) derail, Split rail (jack knife), and lastly any other type of derail.
Before handling air hoses on locomotive or on equipment that has a locomotive attached, what must be secured? Secure the appropriate protection, or 3-Step.
Where must fusees be stored when not in use? In designated racks. (violation of FRA if on floor of locomotive with $1000 fine for each found)
What is the form filed out for unsafe conditions while working? PI-82 (Unsafe Condition Report).
What does it mean to be called an relieved? This is when you are called to report for duty & upon arrival you are relieved & DO NOT perform service.
What is a combination deadhead? a portion of the tour of duty is spent in transport while the remainder involves train service.
What is a Deadhead? Its when a train or engine crew member is transported from one terminal to another without having to work or perform any service.
What is limbo time? The time from the point when you are relieved from train service responsibility until you report off-duty.
what does it mean to be displaced? It's the act of taking one's position & forcing the incumbent employee to another position, based on seniority.
What's the Dog Law (on the law) ? The point at which hours of service employees must cease (stop) performing service. (remember your responsible of keeping track of this)
What does it mean to be Held away? Off duty time away from your home terminal.
What does it mean to be marked off? When you make yourself unavailable for work.
What does it mean to be marked up? When you make yourself available to work.
What does it mean to be On-the-law? Same as the dog law (12 hours can't work). AKA "Going Dead"
What is the Rest period? The prescribed number of hours of off time that must follow a tour of duty (10 hours of rest)
What is a set-back? This Applies to jobs with specific on-duty times. The ability to have jobs start later based on train availability. Calls maybe advanced in which they would report earlier. (always 2 hours before or 2 hours after)
What is Operating Rule R? When the employee will notify the dispatcher before departing from originating terminal if he/she has reached 264 total hours on duty or 25 hours of Qualifying limbo time for the calendar month.
What is the Rail-Safety-Act of 2008? When the employee has worked 6 consecutive days and they must receive 48 hours off at their home terminal. Remember if the 6th day occurs while away from home terminal, employees may work a 7th day, however they must observe the 72 hours off rule.
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