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09-07-2003, 04:22 AM
i know...i'm dumb...

but, what is "switching duties"?


you guys can laugh now :D

09-07-2003, 10:38 PM
noone knows? :shock:

Chris Starnes
09-07-2003, 11:21 PM

Basically "switching duties" refers to a crew working in a yard sorting out cars so they can be placed on other trains or be spotted at a customer's location.

Thats a VERY general idea of what it is...but I hope that gives you an idea..


09-07-2003, 11:28 PM
Actually, that is a very good question ICE.
Switching duties refers to assignments done by a yard switcher (usually one to two different locomotives, depending on how big the yard is) either in a yard, on an interchange, or even on local industries located trackside. Consists will usually be no longer than 5 to 10 cars and typically travel at low speeds. Switching duty trains are most often low priority trains.

09-07-2003, 11:30 PM
Ah, you beat me to it Chris! :) (are messages are only seven minutes apart)

09-07-2003, 11:58 PM
thanks for the answers

ps: you took 7 minutes to write the response? :shock:

09-08-2003, 12:09 AM
ps: you took 7 minutes to write the response?
To clear that up, I was un-aware that Chris had just posted minutes before me. It actually took me about 3 minutes to respond. He posted at 6:21, and I started to write at about 6:25 and posted at 6:28.

09-08-2003, 12:27 AM
lol, I was just joking...but thanks for the clarification anyways :D