All good stuff, up there. Here's my list of "peeves"
* leaving the door/window open when leaving the cab (unless it's summertime, and we had the door open all along)
*guys who think I don't see the hand signals at night, unless the light is shining into my face. (your lantern has 2 bulbs, for a reason. figure it out, already)
*Guys who say "come on back, 3". 3 what, cars, feet, inches??? What happens after 3, a hitch, falling off the end of a stub track, bouncing over a derail? A little info goes a long way.
*Working on the "blind side". It amazes me, the number of guys who work over there. Why do they thing the angle cocks are on the engineers side, as well as the cut levers? Asking for three step, to make every cut, while you climb over, to my side, to do it, is time consuming, frustrating and potentially dangerous.
*Guys who feel the need, to explain every single move they intend to make, over the next hour or so, complete with car numbers, cut locations, etc. All I'm going to do, is go ahead, back up or stop. I'm not even pretending to listen to your infomercial, on how you intend to do your switching. A very brief chat, about the fact we will be building the train, will suffice. I don't really care WHAT the 41st car in the consist will be.
*YOU are the CNDR, so why do you keep looking at me, to take the track warrants, form-D's, or whatever. By law, I CAN"T do that while running. Sorry to cut short, your phone call to your gal, but we are here to work, after all. While you're at it, an idea of what is in the train (loads/emptys, length and weight) would be helpful, as well as legal.
If you manage these things, as well as what has already been said, you are on your way to greatness. In return for those things, I won't freeze you out, while you are sleeping, by keeping the windows wide open. I will kill the ditch lights, and dim the headlights, when you are out front, so I don't blind you. I will not travel further than your car counts, and I won't crash you into the hitches, or fling you off the side, with uncontrolled slack action. I won't play "cab conductor" all night, second guessing your every move, or telling you how I would do it. I will look out for your safety, and life, as long as you are looking out for mine. We have a saying, that goes "we fly together, we die together". When you mess up, WE mess up, and vice-versa. I won't get you fired, and I would appreciate the same, from you. Last, and certainly most important, WHEN YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT WHAT TO DO, OR ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND YOU, <<<STOP>>>, AND ASK. I would rather have 10 job briefings, regarding the same move, than to have 1 investigation, because you "THOUGHT" you knew what was happening. You are already on the right path, by taking the time to ask about such things. Keep it up, and you will be one of the "good" ones, which sadly, seem to be in rather short supply in these "shake and bake" times. Regards