I dont wanna make anyone get in trouble. New hires dont start kicking cars like this. Im just asking. There is a chance you might put cars on the ground.
When you guys are running the box do you ever stand on the brakes then slam it to stop when you kick cars? When RCL first showed up there were retired ex-MOP's training us, "consultants" if you wanna call them that. Pretty good guys mostly but they just spoke "canac" most of the time, and using the independent override is a no no, or not what canac thinks is the best way to operate a RCL. My style of running a switch engine was to get it up to speed and then coast, so when i started RCL and would go from 10 straight to coast then start playing with the override to control my speed they started to flip out, no big deal, anyways, so then i figured out that if i put it to 10, jammed the brakes on and slam it to stop the goat would stop faster, like it would if there was a hoghead up there. (for those that dont know, if you were to put it to 10 then to stop it feathers the brakes, independent override on full keeps the brakes at max) When i started kicking like that the guys really started to get upset. Train handling and all that good canac handbook stuff started pouring out of there mouths and onto the lead. I didnt stop doing it. One thing that tends to happen when you run like that is that you forget to release it and you get a brakes dragging message over the radio from the locomotive. This happened to me quite often LOL. After i was an offical RCO, the trainers went to the switch engine on the other end. At about the 30th brakes dragging message i got, i heard "GET OFF THE GODDAMB INDEPENDENT OVERRIDE" over the radio. Pretty soon after that i got good at taking it off after i stopped.