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  1. File number is seniority number. There was a TSS test given early last year. The list is expected to be established soon, possibly this year.
  2. +1 Get your certificates of good conduct ready and whatever evidence you think you need.
  3. Retirements, Promotions to TD. The TSS list is about to be established soon. Expect the file numbers to get better
  4. Not everyone who is a TD or in Control was a train operator. Some know their job better than others and some don't care enough to know their job. It falls on the crew to understand their responsibilities (unfortunately). Control can't see the bumper tie on the road or what you see. As for accepting the call on, know the procedure. Understand that the switch must be in your favor before moving the train and ensure the stop arm is retaining in the clear position before moving the train. That means sometimes you will have to secure your train and cab, descend with your PPE and shoe paddle and investigate the switch.
  5. Congratulations. Put everything you have into the job and it can be very rewarding. Eventually, the hardest part is reporting to work on time and maintaining absolute focus and attention.
  6. It is the third bullet point that gets people. Do they know the proper procedure? For instance, there were adj track flagging scenarios where you saw the caution flags, then as you pass the next local station on the express track, by rule you are allowed to wrap up to permitted speed for the area. But by rule you must inform Control first there is no resume signal prior to increasing speed (3.82c).
  7. I never encountered any Racism down here from co-workers, but there is nonsense from the passengers. Some co-workers forget they are talking to another adult sometimes. Life in the booth is decent if you can tolerate being in a box for 8 hours and have thick skin.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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