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Passed our final yesterday. Road practical today. 

 

Just like that, 6 months are gone. 

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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). 

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On 1/31/2020 at 2:20 PM, beanz said:

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). 

Congrats, good luck, be safe. 

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On 1/29/2020 at 5:59 AM, beanz said:

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. 

I agree.  The Bravo line is fun on the 68As.  And once you understand the line and know which landmarks to pull brake at, it becomes easier.

 

Just plan about 1 - 2 car lengths ahead, trust the dynamics, release to stop, never go lower than snow brake, hold your initial brake to see how the train reacts then adjust to make the train react the way you want it to.  Out on the road it is better to rookie roll to the stop/punch rather than cowboy the train and over run the station or worse, slide into the home signal.

 

And if it makes you feel better, the full length R68s is 10 feet shorter than a full length R143/160/179/32.  Patience and practice.

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Late update. Much of the August B-division induction class are in limbo due to Covid-19. Only a few of the 38 in the induction are in passenger service after passing the road practical a couple weeks ago. Everyone else missed road posting days and have been YXing again until the coronavirus passes.

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On 4/12/2020 at 2:51 PM, Jericho said:

Late update. Much of the August B-division induction class are in limbo due to Covid-19. Only a few of the 38 in the induction are in passenger service after passing the road practical a couple weeks ago. Everyone else missed road posting days and have been YXing again until the coronavirus passes.

Enjoy it while it lasts, and be careful.

Also, take this time to really play with the trains. I guarantee that you'll end up doing a couple of transfers; these are the BEST times to really get a feel for the SMEE's, (I personally think New Techs are like playing a video game).


I know the rules say that you shouldn't stop in stations while running light, but now's the perfect time. There's barely anyone out, you're alone on that train, you're not in revenue service, and if you over run a station - so what? Just don't go hitting signals.

Check the aspect of the leaving signal in a station, if it's green - try blasting into the station and stopping at the 10 w/ a single brake pull - pay attention to the duplex air gauge. It'll build your confidence, and it's fun. You'll be surprised how late you can pull that brake and still stop where you need to.
 

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4 hours ago, Jay-Oh said:

Enjoy it while it lasts, and be careful.

Also, take this time to really play with the trains. I guarantee that you'll end up doing a couple of transfers; these are the BEST times to really get a feel for the SMEE's, (I personally think New Techs are like playing a video game).


I know the rules say that you shouldn't stop in stations while running light, but now's the perfect time. There's barely anyone out, you're alone on that train, you're not in revenue service, and if you over run a station - so what? Just don't go hitting signals.

Check the aspect of the leaving signal in a station, if it's green - try blasting into the station and stopping at the 10 w/ a single brake pull - pay attention to the duplex air gauge. It'll build your confidence, and it's fun. You'll be surprised how late you can pull that brake and still stop where you need to.
 

 

Personally, I see this as a huge detriment for us, because while you do get some types of transfers, they are very few and far in between (least that was my experience my first time as yx.)

That's going to be a huge detriment because we're spending time away from regular operation at higher speeds, and the worse it'll get the longer this drags out. I feel that this should be on a case by case basis (those who only have a day or so of road posting to finish) to put us on the road incrementally. The days a lot of us are missing are utterly pointless, because they're days on lines we already posted repeatedly.

I do also wonder if they'll make us do schoolcar again if this lasts long enough as well.

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3 hours ago, MarkGuy said:

 

Personally, I see this as a huge detriment for us, because while you do get some types of transfers, they are very few and far in between (least that was my experience my first time as yx.)

That's going to be a huge detriment because we're spending time away from regular operation at higher speeds, and the worse it'll get the longer this drags out. I feel that this should be on a case by case basis (those who only have a day or so of road posting to finish) to put us on the road incrementally. The days a lot of us are missing are utterly pointless, because they're days on lines we already posted repeatedly.

I do also wonder if they'll make us do schoolcar again if this lasts long enough as well.

Honestly as long as you're on the payroll, all this is to your benefit.  

Think of it as a enhanced training.  I know it may not seem like it. 

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5 hours ago, Late Clear said:

Honestly as long as you're on the payroll, all this is to your benefit.  

Think of it as a enhanced training.  I know it may not seem like it. 

That and being one day closer to finishing probation.

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6 hours ago, Late Clear said:

Honestly as long as you're on the payroll, all this is to your benefit.  

Think of it as a enhanced training.  I know it may not seem like it. 

I don't really see it as "enhanced training" at all, especially given I've done these moves more times than I can count already and they don't prep me for the road-which is where the real training begins, according to what some have posted here.

 

Extra training, yea tho. But not the training i really need when we go into passenger service solo.

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1 hour ago, Jchambers2120 said:

That and being one day closer to finishing probation.

I see that pt 

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3 hours ago, MarkGuy said:

I don't really see it as "enhanced training" at all, especially given I've done these moves more times than I can count already and they don't prep me for the road-which is where the real training begins, according to what some have posted here.

 

Extra training, yea tho. But not the training i really need when we go into passenger service solo.

Honestly you never really get the right type of training for passenger service.  Train operation is very subjective.  

You post mainly to learn the line and interlockings, not to perfect your operation.  It takes years to be remotely confident, don't let anyone's ego fool you.  

Don't let this stress you out.   

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5 hours ago, MarkGuy said:

I don't really see it as "enhanced training" at all, especially given I've done these moves more times than I can count already and they don't prep me for the road-which is where the real training begins, according to what some have posted here.

 

Extra training, yea tho. But not the training i really need when we go into passenger service solo.

I see your point.
I'm just saying - when in revenue service, you're afraid to try things with these trains. When you get the chance to see how far you can push the equipment, do it.
The road will always be there, don't rush yourself. You already got the job, so why not learn a little more to make it easier?
 

As for your concern about them making you do schoolcar again; I doubt it. At most they'll make you post all over again.

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Alrighty, so today was the first real day on the road for some members of the August class (not including the two who came out over a month ago). Schoolcar called some of us who only owed one or two road posting days last week, and gave us two days of road ops retraining this week. Then we made up the owed posting days on empty trains with tss'es.

 

I had the Charlie. Wasn't too bad. No calls to RCC or anything needed to be made. Bad news is, a lot of us were switched to mids with w/t off starting next week. Guess that is the beginning of road extra life.

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4 hours ago, MarkGuy said:

Alrighty, so today was the first real day on the road for some members of the August class (not including the two who came out over a month ago). Schoolcar called some of us who only owed one or two road posting days last week, and gave us two days of road ops retraining this week. Then we made up the owed posting days on empty trains with tss'es.

 

I had the Charlie. Wasn't too bad. No calls to RCC or anything needed to be made. Bad news is, a lot of us were switched to mids with w/t off starting next week. Guess that is the beginning of road extra life.

Good luck out there and remember your lineup is gold out there! Always have it ready when doing a new line! 

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