And the idea of even dimming a headlight to not blind passengers makes no sense at all. If passengers are dumb enough to stare into the headlights, i don't care. They can simply look away. I would be more concerned with hitting somebody and then having a lawyer ask me why i dimmed my headlight which in turn made me less visible when i hit somebody. .
Otto Vondrak wrote:The cause was probably one of three things:
The drill at AMTK seems to be to dim\extinguish the lights when they are coming into\at a platform and turn them back on again when they highball. This is most likely done for the reason Otto mentioned as well as not blinding any opposing trains.
2) The engineer temporarily extinguished the lights so as not to blind patrons standing on the platform.
It is funny you took this position! I had a huge argument over this earlier last year. A Road Foreman came up to me stating that he had done a compliance test on an engineer. He took exception to him dimming his headlight in the station, noted no rule authorized it and asked me what I thought. I countered no rule said he couldn't. He stated that since there's no rule allowing it, the headlight must be on bright unless it is allowed to be dimmed by rule. I asked him if he advocated splashing people with 52,000 candlelight power as a train approached a station.
It was at this point he made the same statement as you. He mentioned that he was sure the legal department would take exception if someone ever fell in front of the train. I countered that temporarily blinding people with all of that light and sound could actually increase the likelihood of them stumbling in front of the train since they could lose their bearings while their retinas are being fried. Additionally, since the crew has to step off the check their engines (when practicable) at stops, you might as well dim it when you're entering the station. This reduces the likelihood of you stepping off, forgetting to dim the lights and blinding an approaching train.
At this point, the debate took an odd turn (as my debates often do.) To bolster my point, I mentioned that NORAC requires you to sound your horn when you're approaching and passing standing equipment. At the time, only four stations had a written
exception( that has since been changed.) I asked him if he was going to take exception to engineers not using their horns when they passed trains in the various terminals where standing equipment on adjacent tracks is routine. Naturally, he said there's a difference. I stated that you can't have a rule for every single scenario. Common sense and judgment must be exercised and latitude for such should be given for such. I remained steadfast and indicated that if the headlight was going to be an issue, then I'd make an issue about the horn. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. We'll follow the rules letter for letter.
He backed off but wasn't happy.