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Re: Do Motormen Still Conduct Rolling Tests When Leaving a Terminal?

Posted by randyo on Wed Mar 7 01:33:50 2018, in response to Re: Do Motormen Still Conduct Rolling Tests When Leaving a Terminal?, posted by heypaul on Tue Mar 6 23:54:25 2018.

To allow removing the T/Oís tools (brake handle on cars equipped with brake valves and reverser) the train brakes have to be applied in emergency. It can be done by either placing the brake valve (or controller on single handled equipment) or releasing the deadmanís button on the controller handle on all equipments. The prescribed method is to use the deadmanís button to insure that it is in proper operating condition and is presumed to be the next time the train is operated from that cab. At one time the deadmanís button was supposed to be tested before each trip but that practice was changed many years ago since it required the train to be charged, brakes released, the button dropped and train recharged a practice still required on the commuter RRs AFAIK.


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