CSX week 1 review

  1. Yard
    A system of tracks other than main tracks or sidings; used for making up trains, storing rail cars, and other purposes.
  2. Coupler
    A device located at both ends of all rail cars in a standard location to provide a means for connecting one rail car to another
  3. Interchange
    The transfer of rail cars from one railroad to another at a common junction point.
  4. Retarder
    A braking device, usually power-operated, built into a railway track to reduce the rail cars by means of brake shoes which, when set in braking position, rest against the sides of the lower portion of the wheels.
  5. Cut
    Several rail cars coupled together anywhere; several cars set out from a train.
  6. Ladder
    A single "lead" track with many tracks branching off to form a classification yard; the main switching track in a yard, from which industrial tracks lead.
  7. Siding
    • An auxillary track for meeting or passing trains. It is designated in special instructions.
    • OR
    • A track adjacent to a main track and used for meeting or passing trains.
  8. Switch
    A device consisting of two moveable rails, nessesary connections, and operating parts designed to turn a locomotive or car from the track on which it is running to another.

    Verb- To move cars from one place to another, usually within a defined area.
  9. Crossover
    A combonation of 2 switches connecting 2 adjcent tracks. When lined, this switch combination allows movements to cross from 1 track to another.

    OR-2 turnouts with the track between the frogs arranged to form a continuious passage between two nearby parrallel tracks.
  10. Curved track
    A track that turns or is curved.
  11. Straight track
    Also known as "tangent" track.
  12. 3 types of crossties
    Wood, concrete, and steel.
  13. Steel Tie Plates
    Placed between the rail and crosstie, primary function is to spread the load of the rail over the crosstie to increase the life of the crosstie.
  14. Spikes
    Keep the rail from lying on its side, turning over, driven through the tie plate into the crosstie. Also hold tie plates inplace.
  15. Rail Anchors
    Prevent rail "creep" caused by temperature changes, heavy grades, and train braking, which causes crosstie and switch alignment problems. Bolted to the base of the rail on each side of the crosstie.
  16. Ballast
    Helps hold the crossties in place, prevent lateral movement, increases drainage, and spreads the load out under the crosstie.
  17. 3 parts a rail
    • Ball - The top or head of the rail
    • Web - The middle web looking part of the rail
    • Base - Bottom of the rail that sits on the tie plate
  18. Track Gauge
    Standard in North America is 4 ft 8 1/2 inches
  19. 2 types of rail
    • Bolted with joint bar
    • Continuously welded
  20. How Rail is identified
    By it's Weight per yard
  21. Derail
    A track safety device designed to guide the wheels of railraod rolling stock off the rails as a means of protection against collisions or other accidents. Normal derail position is "on" or in derail mode.
  22. Frog
    A device made of rail components constructed and assembled to permit the wheels on one rail of track to cross another rail of an intersecting track.
  23. Railroad Crossing
    A point where two railroad lines (tracks) intersect (cross), usually with a provision for operating trains of one line over the other. Also known as a Diamond.
  24. Sidings part 1
    • Passing siding - used for passing of trains
    • customer siding - provides rail access to customer for loading / unloading of their products.
  25. Engine
    Is a locomotive unit propled by any form of energy. It is also a combonation of such units operated from a single control.
  26. Train
    An engine, with or without cars, displaying a marker.
  27. Push/pull train
    A passenger train with a multiple unit (MU) or control car on either end.
  28. Intermodel Train
    A freight train consisting entirely of equipment designed to carry trailers, containers, motor vehicals, auto frames, and/or loaded box cars.
  29. Car shop / locomotive repair areas
    Maximum speed of 5 MPH in either. They are used for repairing either cars or locomotives, depending on type of equipment.
  30. Work Train
    A train that is assigned to serve the M&W (maintenance and way) department in repairs and maintenence.
  31. Auxillary Track
    A track other than a main track.
  32. Main Track
    A track extending through yards and stations. From place to place, city to city, town to town. other than an auxillary track, stressed control track. You need permission to get on a main track, and a siding.
  33. Single Track
    A main track on which trains are operating in both directions.
  34. Excepted Track
    A segment of track identifiyed in special instructions. No more than 10MPH, no revenue passanger service, no more than 5 placarded Haz-mat cars.
  35. Electric Lock Switch
    A hand operated switch with an electric locking device applied.
  36. Dual control Switch
    A power-operated switch also equiped for hand operation.
  37. Power-operated Switch
    A remotely controled switch. It is operated electrically or electro-pneumatically.
  38. Spring Switch
    A switch, so equiped to restore the switch points to normal position after having been trailer through.
  39. Maximum Authorized Speed
    The highest speed for any train on a sub-division or portion of a sub-division to travel. Indicated in special instructions.
  40. Limited Speed
    Not faster than 45MPH
  41. Medium Speed
    Not faster than 30MPH
  42. Slow Speed
    Not faster than 15MPH
  43. Controlled Speed
    A speed that will permit stopping within one-half the range of vision. It will also permit stopping short of a train, a car, an obstruction, on-track equipment or a stop signal. NOTE: no speed restriction
  44. Restriced Speed
    A speed that will permit stopping within one-half the range of vision, not exceeding 15MPH. Will also permit stopping short of a train, a car, an obstruction, a stop signal, a derail, or an improperly lined switch. It must permit looking out for broken rail.
  45. Block
    A track section of defined limits. In signaled territory, a block is the track section between two consecutive block signals governing movements in the same direction. It is also the track section from a block signal to the end of signaled territory.
  46. Block Signal
    A fixed signal displayed at the enterance of a block to govern the use of the block.
  47. Signal Aspect
    The appearance of a fixed signal as veiwed from the direction of an approaching train. The aspect of a signal convey's the indication of a signal.
  48. Signal Indication
    The information conveyed by the aspect of the signal.
  49. Improper Signal Aspect
    A signal aspect that permits a train to proceed when the condition of the block does not justify such an aspect. Ie. train passes a signal and the light does not change as it should.
  50. Signal Imperfectly Displayed
    A block or interlocking signal, displaying lights not in conformity with the rules; or that absence of a light where a color light should be: or the absence of a signal at a place where a signal is usually displayed: or a high color light signal displaying more than one light per signal unit.
  51. Absolute Signal
    A color light, color position light or semaphore signal without a number plate, "p" marker, "app" marker, "c" marker or "g" marker that conveys STOP as its most restrictive indication. AKA control point signal
  52. Home Signal
    A fixed signal, capable of displaying a STOP indication, governing the enterance to a route, block or interlocking.
  53. Intermediate Signal
    A block signal equipped with either a number plate, a "g" marker or a "p" marker. It conveys proceed at restricted speed as its most restrictive indication.
  54. Automatic Block Signal
    A block signal that is activated wither by track circuit or in conjunction with interlocking or controlled point circuits. This block signal automatically indicates track conditions and block occupancy.
  55. Automatic Block Signal Syatem (ABS)
    A series of consecutive blocks whose use is governed by train actuated signals or by certain conditions affecting the use of a block. Unless so specified, such signals DO NOT authorize the movement of trains.
  56. Color light Signal
    A fixed signal that displays an aspect by the color of a light. It may also display aspects by a combination of colored lights.
  57. Color Position Light Signal
    A fixed signal that displays aspects by the color or position of two or more lights. It consists of a cluster of colored lights normally displayed in pairs. For some aspects, an additional white or yellow light is displayed above or below the cluster.
  58. Position Light Signal - former conrail only
    A fixed signal in which the signals aspect consists of three lights in a straight row rotating from the center.
  59. Controlled Point
    A station designated in the timetable where signals are remotely controlled from the Control Station.
  60. Controlled Signal
    A fixed signal at the enterance of a route or block. It is used to govern the movement of trains using that route or block. The signal is operated from a control station.
  61. Controlled Siding
    A siding equipped with controlled signals. Such signals authorize trains to enter or leave the siding ONLY.
  62. Signaled Siding
    A siding equipped with block signals that govern train movements. There are signals on the actual siding the indicate the movements on that specific siding.
  63. Signaled Track
    A track equipped with block or interlocking signals that govern train movements.
  64. Controlled Track
    A track upon which all movements will be authorized by the train dispatcher.
  65. Fixed Signal
    A permenent signal or sign indicating a condition affecting train movements.
  66. Interlocking
    An arrangement of interconnected signals and signal appliances for which interlocking rules are in effect. Signals and the movement of signal appliances must succeed each other in the proper sequence.
  67. Schedule
    Information, direction, train ID, day of departure, and station times of passenger trains.
  68. Interlocking Signals
    Fixed signals of an interlocking.
  69. Timetable
    A publication containing instructions relating to the movement of trains or equipment and other essential information.
  70. Special Instructions
    Information contained in timetables, system and general bulletins, and dispatcher.
  71. System Bulletin
    Written or electronically transmitted special instructions concerning the safety of employees and the movement of trains. It is issued by the Operating Rules Department.
  72. General Bulletin
    Concerns the safety of employees and the movement of trains. Issued by a Division.
  73. System Notice
    A notice that does not affect the movement of trains. It is Issued by the Operating Rules Department.
  74. General Notice
    A notice that does not affect the movement of trains. It is issued by the Division.
  75. Mandatory Directive
    An instruction required to be recorded in writing, such as: a DTC Block Authority, 707 Authority, 704 Authority or dispatcher message. This is something that must be complied with.
  76. Dispatcher Message
    Instructions and mandatory directives issued by the train dispatcher in the perscribed form when applicable. It governs the operation of trains and is part of a dispatcher bulletin.
  77. East Coast Movement Instructions (Form EC-1)
    A form used to record specific instructions regaurding movements on controlled tracks. A mandatory directive.
  78. Current Of Traffic
    The movement of trains on a main track, in one direction, as specified in the rules or special instrustions.
  79. Control Station - Dispatch
    A place from which signals and signal appliances are operated. It is also a place from which instructions governing railroad movements are issued.
  80. Remotely Controlled Railroad Crossing
    A railroad crossing at grade operated by a control station.
  81. Exclusive Authority To Move
    The authority a train has to occupy a track. It does not inclue other movement within the same limit.
  82. DTC Block
    A block whose use is governed by verbal authority of the train dispatcher.
  83. DTC Block System
    A direct traffic control block or a series of consecutive DTC blocks.
  84. Absolute Block
    A block that may be occupied by only one train at a time.
  85. Track Warrant Control (TWC)
    A method of authorizing movements or protecting employees or on-track equipment in signaled or non-signaled territory on controlled track within specified limits. Movement within TWC territory is under the jurisdiction of the train dispatcher.
  86. DTC Track Warrant
    Track warrant where the specified limits are designated by Block Authority.
  87. DCS Track Warrant
    Track warrant where the specified limits are designated by form EC-1 authority.
  88. Yard Limits
    A portion of main tracks designated by special instructions. Yard limits are identified by signs. Operating rule 193, pretains to yard limits.
  89. Head Of Train Device (HTD)
    A device on an engine that receives information from and transmits information to an End Of Train Device (E.O.T.)
  90. Three Step Protection
    Must be secured prior to employees fouling equipment. Must be verbally requested. Apply engine brakes, reverser in neutral, open generator field.
  91. Effective Locking Device
    A padlock that is vandal and tamper resistant. Can be unlocked only by class group or employee of craft that applied it.
  92. Blue Signal
    A clearly distingushable blue flag, blue light or blue tag by day, or blue light or blue tag by night. When displayed, it signifies that workmen are on, under or between equipment.
  93. Reigon
    Section of railroad under the control of the V.P. of that reigon. CSX currnetly has 2 reigons. Northern and Southern.
  94. Division
    The portion of a railroad assigned to the supervision of a Superintendant. There are 10 divisions in CSX.
  95. Subdivision
    A portion of the railroad designated by timetable.
  96. Pilot
    An employee assigned to a train when the engineer or conductor is not qualified on that segment of track.
  97. CSX Hierarchy of Rules
    From top to bottom: EC-1 - Dispatcher message/Dispatcher bulletin - System and General Bulletins - Timetable Special Instruction - Operating Rule Book
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