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  1. It stems from the unfortunate tone at the top culture of guilty before proven innocent down here. For the most part, management who came from operations on the road have a little compassion, but the people who decide our fates in Labor Relations don't neccessarily come from the road or at all from the operational floor. When the customer is always right attitude even when they attack, curse us out, even try to murder us and the company we work for is more concerned about controlling our Over Time vs putting resources to protect their own... Speaks volumes.
  2. The signals test is the easiest test you will take in School Car. Just keep reading, writing, and master 3 signals a day, and you gold. Just keep reading and rereading chapter 3 as a new language. The hard part comes when you have to perform, think on the fly, and figure out how to navigate through poor flagging. Lot of parters I worked with refuse to even step into the front cab or even take the test for fear of the responsibility it brings. It's not hard, it is a challenge, takes time, dedication and discipline, but anyone can do it. TSS Leonard had some words for us on our first day Fear means to Face Everything and Rise.
  3. Wouldn't be saying this if I wasn't. And yes, it is that serious. Leaves, slick rails, and horrible brakes can happen anywhere any time. Don't worry, just one stop is all that is needed to understand. One bad stop in two weeks of posting won't disqualify you.
  4. Exactly. Put the train in full service and feel it slide. It will help. You will know how dangerous it is when done, but the experience is worth the finger pointing by the TSS. Then if you really understand the train, you might feel the flat on the wheel you made when you take off, coast, or take brake. When you posting or out on your own, that's gonne be a G2 and they will blame the TO for failure to have the train under control. You can slide out at any given moment, 40mph or 3mph.
  5. For those of you doing Road Ops after your second signal exam, if you get a 68A or 160 on the Brighton line, very important you practice going in hard and taking a strong brake last minute. Yes, I am telling you to slide out of the station, particularly at Ave M and Ave J. Know what it feels like to have no control in a controlled environment. It will help you later on when you take a train in inclement weather.
  6. Just to add... When you are out on your own, always be mindful of your partner and communicate. Communication helps a lot and solves 99% of the problems.
  7. When you go in to do your paperwork for employment, there are several checkboxes on a page and two of them are "FTA" and "Non-FTA". TO falls under FTA.
  8. The "tutoring" is offered when you fail the quizzes, usually two hours after class is over and you get 2+1 OT. Keep in mind though, the quizzes are kept inn your file and should stuff go wrong in the real world, the failing quizzes may be used against you. Just food for thought in case anyone had the inkling to fail every quiz for a measily $100.
  9. The signal definitions can all be broken down into two parts once identified. 1. Where can they be found? 2. What do you do? Repeaters 1. Mimics the aspect of associated signal usually around a curve 2. In full view of the Train operator, usually on the off side 3. Has no stop arm 4. Has a signal plate bearing the letters "REP" Likewise GT35 sign 1. Indicates the beginning of time control territory usually found around curves and certain other areas (downgrades, etc.) 2. Enforces a predetermined speed inidicating he allowable speed in miles per hour or by a GT sign.
  10. B division queens corridor on the Fox.
  11. The simulator prepares you for the real world application... Atleast the quizzes do. The "train operation simulator" always frustrates. Keep studying the books they give you, and believe when they tell you the Signals test is the easiest test you will take. The hard stuff is on the road when you have to recall what you studied, apply in real life because not all the signals make sense. Example: you see a 15mile per hour speed limit sign and then a Green R Resume speed sign together at one location. Which do you adhere to? Max power or the 15 miles?
  12. That was a super dangerous move by the Superintendent. He should have introduced himself, showed ID, and wore his vest prior to entering your cab. Non-uniformed employees MUST wear their vest on the road while on duty performing work.
  13. Chapter 1 all 38 rules. Particularly rule 30. All of Chapter 2. This is your life from now on. Read this chapter every day. Focus on 2.40m and 2.40n (this is part of your signals test) Chapter 3. This is your signals test. Know your fouling point, stop sign, shop door clearance. Chapter 9 Pay close attention to 9.02b.
  14. If you want to get a head start, grab a subway map and start learning the terminals. Read the weekday and weekend schedule planned work diversions off the website or the Customer Information Board. Soon you can put a few of the puzzle pieces together.
  15. That is your choice to make, however being on two lists is better than being on one. I can only percieve the Station Agent requirements becoming more demanding as technology and the riding public evolve.

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