Old 09-25-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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This picture and its partner taken in Tolland got me wondering- what are the operational duty limits of railroad crew and how would a long crossing get staffed?
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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12 hours max on duty. 10 hours minimum rest. If I'm not mistaken.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:35 AM   #3
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Thanks, crazytiger! I'm assuming all of that on duty is available for movement of the train? I work in the airlines where we can be on duty for 16 hours with 8 hours of flight time (unless augmented).
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The 12 hours applies at the time the crew signs on at the initial terminal, not when, for example, they board the locomotive. The 10-hour minimum rest provision for freight crews is 10 hours "undistrubed" which means that for unassigned crews they cannot be called for work until at least 10 hours after marking off. If you tack on local call provisions (e.g. 90 minutes / 2 hours, etc.) the time off duty is typically closer to 12 hours. This change was from the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (signed into law about a month after the Chatsworth accident). Other provisions of the new rule include limits to the number of consecutive starts and a monthly cap of 276 hours. Passenger crews have other provisions. You can see it all here:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-1...0hr2095enr.pdf
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