Why should we mark clearance points in our rail yard? We know where to leave the cars so they won’t foul.

Thanks for the question Hank! Wesley Hazlett took the lead on your question, he answered, “Sure you do, but how about new employees? Or class one carrier employees? And maybe your company wants cars left back a specific distance. It’s a quick reference, nothing is left to guesswork, nobody gets hurt and cars don’t get damaged. What … Read more

I wear prescription glasses. My Supervisor says I must wear safety glasses but I can’t see well enough with out prescription glasses. What alternatives are there?

Thanks for the question Matt! Barb Anderson said, “Check with your employer for their policy. Safety glasses can be made with prescription lenses. Many times the employer will pay for all or part of your prescription safety glasses. Prescription glasses can be made with added side shields.” -Barb worked as an Operating Practices Safety Inspector … Read more

It seems like releasing a handbrake from the ground would be safer than climbing the ladder. Do I really need to climb the ladder?

Thanks for the question Randy! Chuck answered, “Yes you do. Releasing a rail car brake (airbrake or handbrake) can allow the car to move, either from gravity or from compressive forces within the draft mechanism. Standing foul of the equipment (which is most often the case when releasing cars equipped with handbrakes that are located on … Read more

Is it proper for a servicing railroad to leave our property without returning the hook in the hasp of a switch? When our manager questioned the servicing railroad’s employees, they replied: “that is our standard practice, we do it everywhere.”

Great question! Our Founder and Principal, Chuck Leonard took the lead to answer your question. He said, “The answer given to you by those employees was incorrect. A quick online search revealed that the servicing railroad you mentioned (whose name we removed for privacy purposes) is part of a conglomeration of railroads that use the General Code of … Read more