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  1. Road practical done. I'm officially done with schoolcar after Tuesday. Got project straight talk on Monday and then making up a day of posting on Tuesday (I was sick).
  2. Passed our final yesterday. Road practical today. Just like that, 6 months are gone.
  3. It will come together. I had a hard time with the smees as well and now they are my favorite, even the r62s on the 3 line. They are actually extremely fun to operate once u learn to feel it. U will be fine.
  4. Sorry to hear someone failed, that sucks. We have our final and road practical next Friday. Road posting has been cool, but man midnights f**king suck.
  5. Passed our second signal exam and we start road ops tonight. Already got our posting papers as well. Can't believe 2 weeks from now I will be operating a train in passenger service.
  6. There's a rumor that this is the last open competitive test but nobody knows for sure.
  7. Oh I'm not sure about the particulars, just repeating what I have heard people say. I'm still very very new and don't know the details of the job aside from operating and signals lol. For example I have a date and time to pick vacation (Friday morning) yet I have no idea still how it works. I'm gonna just go to a pick location and ask because I know I'm not getting anything good anyway.
  8. I don't think anybody that is privy to that information would willingly post it in here but that's a good assumption to make. I have also heard it said that a lot of people who are planning to retire are waiting to see how the new contract looks. If it's worth their while to stick around for a little longer they might and if it isn't, then they'll put their papers in. So I would expect there to be new classes announced after the new contract, but that's just the detective in me making a guess.
  9. Just to give you guys some measure of hope. Everywhere I go I meet older guys saying they are retiring soon. One guy even said he's putting his papers in this week. The current pick ends this Saturday 11/16 and then the next one will start, and they will probably have a better idea of how many people they need at that point. So dont lose hope and keep waiting patiently and you will be here soon.
  10. Nice congrats. The learning don't stop man keep studying. Something I personally do, make copies of the schematics for whatever location u will be in during posting. Once u do the move a few times, look at the schematic and it'll make sense for you and sort of glue itself to your brain.
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    Is there anyway I can change my username to beanz? If taken then daddyshark1019 will also do.
  12. That sucks man. That's something they should have discussed with you. You should try calling schoolcar and finding out.
  13. You guys are right. Somebody asked a question and we got carried away answering them. I will try to only answer questions about schoolcar in that thread from now on so if anybody has any questions about how it's going, just go ahead and ask it in there.
  14. You have to use the verbiage "sufficient handbrakes". How much is sufficient depends on the grade but on level track, 2 should be enough for the BIE.
  15. Yea remember that you can't descend to the roadbed without your gloves, glasses, flashlight and vest, but u can operate with just gloves. So mention during the practical that you will put on your ppe before descending if u do not have it on. Its probably a minor thing because u will be wearing it during the practical anyway, but it will win u points if u mention it.
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