Ever wonder where the signal sequence came from?

The Long Long Short Long is the morse code for the letter “Q” Back when the Queen traveled by ship in England, ships with the queen on board would do the LLSL on the horn to announce this to other ships in the harbor to get them out of the way. When the...

COMMON SENSE IS… NON-SENSE!

As a child we learn from experience or being taught: we learn the oven is hot because we have touched it or were told it was hot by someone who had touched it. Common sense allows us to apply learned behavior to new situations, but not all new situations lend...

Spring is Coming! Time for your TRACK INSPECTION!

Railroad tracks are incredibly strong. They are composed of many tons of ballast (usually crushed stone) supporting heavy crossties (cement, steel or wooden timbers), massive steel rails (132 pounds per foot) on top of heavy steel plates with spikes that weigh one...

Safety Tip: Never Make Assumptions

Remember, all crew members are equally responsible to see that a thorough job briefing is performed: at the beginning of the work and as the work changes. If other worker(s) join the crew, more job briefings are required!

Safety Tip- Highway Grade Crossing Safety

A highway-rail grade crossing is a location where a public or private road, street, sidewalk or pathway, intersects railroad tracks at the same level. There are approximately 212,000 grade crossings in the U.S. State highway traffic safety laws generally require...

Safety Tip: Know the Facts

FACT: Incidents that occur within private industries, and do not involve hazardous material or do not involve injury, are not required to be reported to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). FACT: Documentation from two Class 1 railroads testify to the fact that...