Posted By Road Foreman on 03/10/2008 12:50 PM
@ the BNSF in Lenexa, Kansas they use 2 cabooses, 1 in front of the loco & 1 behind it, the cars go between the caboose & loco.. They do this because the FRA does not approve of brakeman riding on a car.. They also have to have some 1 on the front or rear to act as a lookout.. This is so they can tell the engineer when he is going to run over a car @ a crossing.. When they switch the industrial airport they all ride in the locos, if there is more than 3, then some ride in front loco & some ride in the back loco..
It's more likely that BNSF doesn't want anyone to ride cars, not the FRA. We are only to ride cars when it is determined it is safe to do so. I know many people who have walked long, long shoves so that they don't ride cars. Oh and if you ride a car for more then a mile, its a payable claim too, but most often the company cuts it just like any other claim/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/angry.gif So thats why the crew has a 'shoving platform'
Also there has to be a seat in the cab for every crew member or its another claim also! /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/whistling.gif