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How does the engineer cope with keeping alert?

The tracks would kind of play a hypnosis on the mind. What happens if you get terribly sleepy?

Asked By: Richard H - 4/27/2007
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Answered By: HOGHEAD - 4/27/2007
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The train will stop automatically. They have what is called a "Dead-Man-Switch" that the Engineer has to keep his hand on for the train to continue running. If he leaves, falls asleep or dies the train will stop. Cool, huh?
Answered By: marvin - 4/27/2007
 
drink coffee and read now and then , and talk to your mate
Answered By: jim m - 4/27/2007
 
There are a variety of ways engineers and conductors stay alert and awake on those long runs... More
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Answered By: Conductor Budgie - 4/28/2007
 
It is called an "alerter" which is a button that must be pressed periodically to prevent a penalty application of the trains air brakes in order to automatically stop the train if nothing is done to stop the countdown (some of the things that can stop the countdown are pressing any button on the computer screen... More
Answered By: matt c - 4/28/2007
 
It is a difficult task at times. It is made more difficult because a proper rest period is not truly given. I am a conductor and I work a 14 hour day with a bit of a break in the middle of the day. To stay awake and aware I talk to passengers and I also walk up to the head end and talk to my engineer. The engineer has... More
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Answered By: woofan60 - 4/28/2007
 
Hoghead said it just right. Good ole' boy is right about the fatigue factor, call times, insubordination and extra/pool board trainmen. Its been that way forever... More
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Answered By: Placido - 4/29/2007
 
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