ExEMDLOCOTester wrote:Big hole or controlled stop?
Controlled stop. You big-hole it, you fail. You run over the banner...you fail and are taken out of service.
IT IS BULL SHEET. CSX is waging WAR on its employees...can you imagine management in a plant, setting up barricades in front of towmotors, and firing drivers that hit them? In NO TIME you'd have activity on the floor slow to a CRAWL and the Union Steward ordering a walkout.
Railroaders, though, don't count. Engineers are affiliated with the most militant union in existence, the Teamsters...yet we DON'T COUNT.
Banner tests are a federal requirement but not two of them in one and the
same trip. Your union can't control this situation but you engineers can by
yourselves, how? every single red signal you have to pass enroute, take
lots of time through the block. three MPH is a safe speed as a rule and if
it is foggy, rainy, snow or other bad weather conditions even three MPH
could be too fast. You should not worry if it takes you 45 minutes to go
through a block, you do it safely and BY THE BOOK. Restricted speed is
a judgement speed not exceeding etc etc. If enough trains are delayed,
outlawed, tied up, connections missed and operating costs rise, may the
company will be a little bit more selective when they decide to pull a
signal on you.
Remember, you people control how fast the trains go and under restricted
speed conditions, they can go really slow. I told different dispatchers off
the record that they could figure on me dropping 45+ minutes on a red
signal where I get talked by at restricted speed or encountered a red
signal on the road between control points. I did not care what was behind
me or if I got jumped or if I outlawed.
Restricted speed, give them WHAT THEY WANT, RESTRICTED SPEED.
There is no acceptable excuse for a restricted speed violation.