US Locomotive Radio Commands

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richardspitzer
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US Locomotive Radio Commands

Post by richardspitzer » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:49 am

Hi,

I'm new here and I'm a big fan of American railroads. I'm using Trainz simulator with many routes and rolling stock. But for my own scenarios I would like to know what commands are used between dispatchers and engineer, for example command for starting the ride (leaving yard/station), for stops on siding or finish the shift in yard. Probably engineers have their own documents where to meet other trains on siding etc., maybe this topic could be in other place.

But I'll be glad for every help.

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Re: US Locomotive Radio Commands

Post by Gadfly » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:54 am

What are you doing...talking to yourself? :) j/k Seriously, most of it is simple English. "OK, Joe, let's go if you've got a signal". Trainmen usually call signals to each other across the cab because it depends on which side the signal appears. The engineer may be blinded by the hood of the engine, or vice versa, so the conductor will call out the signal, (ADVANCE APPROACH! Or BOARD CLEAR) to which the engineer will call it back. ( ADVANCE APPROACH, DIVERGING ROUTE, or just CLEAR!!)
There's some lingo, too numerous to mention, and slang terms, too, but I won't go into that. It also varies from road to road...like the word "highball" meaning to go on the clear signal, but some roads don't do that. Mostly rail foamers talk like that, and NS, for example, so long as I worked for them, I never heard the term "highball"; more likely, "OK, JOE, LET'S GET OUTTA HERE SOON AS YOU GIT A SIGNAL, OVER!!" 'S' not rocket science or any secret lingo.

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Re: US Locomotive Radio Commands

Post by richardspitzer » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:06 am

Ok, thanks for the explaining ;-)

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Re: US Locomotive Radio Commands

Post by litz » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:48 pm

And don't forget to throw in the thick southern accent on "git a signal" ...

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Re: US Locomotive Radio Commands

Post by pswag115 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:36 pm

Everyone knows the Engineer only does what the CONDUCTOR tells them to do! :)

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Re: US Locomotive Radio Commands

Post by DutchRailnut » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:19 pm

OK .
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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