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by SooLineRob
Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: GOP Seeks Bidders on Amtrak Rail Lines
Replies: 143
Views: 10322

Re: GOP Seeks Bidders on Amtrak Rail Lines

2nd Trick Op,

So ... about those protected employees staffing the overgrown Lionel set ... nevermind.

Have a good night!
by SooLineRob
Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: GOP Seeks Bidders on Amtrak Rail Lines
Replies: 143
Views: 10322

Re: What "Profit"?

If anone out there can explain to me how this overgrown Lionel Set, staffed by protected employees who don't have to answer to the laws of supply ansd demand. and operated over (and occasionally in conflict with) a system that has to provide much of the physical plant, I'll be waiting. I expect to ...
by SooLineRob
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: NEC Track Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 2891

Re: NEC Track Questions

2. Near some crossovers, there were metal bars about 20 feet long, painted yellow, outside the track on one side bolted to the ties with what looked like adjustable bolts (not just spiked down) What are these? Some king of gauge alignment devices? While not NEC specific, I'll add my two cents: 2. S...
by SooLineRob
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 5 incident near Reno NV (CZ California Zephyr)
Replies: 189
Views: 30997

Re: Amtrak 5 incident near Reno NV (CZ California Zephyr)

Do you honestly think that the current regulations on driver rest, qualifications and hours of service are well enforced? I'm not familiar with the reporting requirements for commercial drivers, so I can't comment. I do believe drivers caught "fudging the books" are dealt with according to the pres...
by SooLineRob
Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 5 incident near Reno NV (CZ California Zephyr)
Replies: 189
Views: 30997

Re: Amtrak 5 incident near Reno NV (CZ California Zephyr)

Even more, just wait ... if they discover this truck driver was on his cellphone, or texting, or otherwise distracted ... what happened to the rail industry after Chatsworth will happen to the CDL drivers too. Doubt it, the truck industry has an effective lobby. Jersey Mike, Do you really think the...
by SooLineRob
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 5 incident near Reno NV (CZ California Zephyr)
Replies: 189
Views: 30997

Re: Amtrak 5 incident: terrorism?

When I originally heard the first report, I myself wondered about whether or not it was terrorist inspired. With all due respect to Mr Joyce, my first thought was... I hope our members here at Railroad DOT net that work this train are alright. My condolences to them and the Amtrak family as well as...
by SooLineRob
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: BDOs coming to Amtrak
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: BDOs coming to Amtrak

BDO's are coming?

http://www.bdodarts.com/

Woo - Hoo!!!
by SooLineRob
Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:58 am
Forum: Employment
Topic: Train Dispatcher/Controller Jobs
Replies: 21
Views: 16291

Re: Train Dispatcher/Controller Jobs

...My question is how much of that pay do you get to take home? Here in the US I pay about 20% in taxes (after write off's) which includes federal and state taxes, railroad retirement, health care and union dues. Thank you! And my questions are: How much does a liter of gasoline cost? How much does...
by SooLineRob
Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Stranded... on the CORRIDOR?...
Replies: 117
Views: 9500

Re: Stranded... on the CORRIDOR?...

...It all comes down to a lack of initiative and the disconnect between management and labor. It also doesn't help that the pay structure provides an incentive for delays. A train gets delayed, and there's overtime pay. Amtrak needs to find more aggressive and innovative management. I'd also advoca...
by SooLineRob
Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Stranded... on the CORRIDOR?...
Replies: 117
Views: 9500

Re: Stranded... on the CORRIDOR?...

The point I am making is: To the casual observer, twin-engine commercial jets are also pretty similar. But you can't take a DC-9 qualified crew and "make" them fly a foreign carrier's 767 for the sake of convenience, such as an unusual delay. Rules are rules; MARC and Amtrak crews may not be qualifi...
by SooLineRob
Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Stranded... on the CORRIDOR?...
Replies: 117
Views: 9500

Re: Stranded... on the CORRIDOR?...

Now that is a sorry excuse. In reality, even if the MARC engineer had outlawed, it is perfectly legal for the MARC engineer to remain in the cab to familiarize and orient the Amtrak engineer with the controls. In any case, there's nothing mysterious about operating a modern locomotive. By the sound...
by SooLineRob
Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 68 dashing through snow drifts
Replies: 49
Views: 5596

Re: Amtrak 68 dashing through snow drifts

I killed a P40 myself in a blizzard going through drifts and finding a foot of snow in the electrical switchgear room whihc is the reason why it wouldn't start........... But even through all that, it was a LOT of fun :) And I made some OT to boot! :) hahaha yes, all those things can happen. And do...
by SooLineRob
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 68 dashing through snow drifts
Replies: 49
Views: 5596

Re: Amtrak 68 dashing through snow drifts

It is a lot of fun, and any engineer who doesn't have a smile on while doing it has something wrong with them! :) (or maybe derailed on an icepacked crossing - they have an excuse to not like it hahahha) Or... Hitting drifts at 50 MPH in a -50 wind chill blizzard and having the snow: A) Open up the...
by SooLineRob
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Work Hours?
Replies: 9
Views: 3666

Re: Work Hours?

That 72 hours on the road doesn't include time in lodging add another 24 to 72+ hours per week. Under the FRA manditory 48 hours rest is required after 6 starts or if someone reaches 7 starts it's 72 hours rest. The kicker is if a person has 24 hours rest the cycle begins again even if laid up in l...
by SooLineRob
Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Employment
Topic: TV show seeking railroad conductors, engineers and crew
Replies: 13
Views: 1789

Re: TV show seeking railroad conductors, engineers and crew

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