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  • 1. 

    Which of the following are covered under Federal Regulations that allow an employee the right to challenge a directive from a supervisor that an employee feels would violate a railroad operating rule regarding? (Z)

    • A.

      Shoving movements

    • B.

      Leaving unattended equipment fouled of an adjacent track

    • C.

      Handling switches or derails

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    All of the given options are covered under Federal Regulations that allow an employee the right to challenge a directive from a supervisor that an employee feels would violate a railroad operating rule. This means that if an employee believes that a directive from their supervisor regarding shoving movements, leaving unattended equipment fouled of an adjacent track, or handling switches or derails would violate a railroad operating rule, they have the right to challenge it.

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  • 2. 

    Who is responsible to ensure that the train is operated safely and rules are observed? (104)

    • A.

      The conductor only

    • B.

      The engineer only

    • C.

      The conductor and the engineer only

    • D.

      All crew members, who must act responsibly to prevent accidents or rule violations.

    Correct Answer
    D. All crew members, who must act responsibly to prevent accidents or rule violations.
    Explanation
    All crew members, including the conductor and the engineer, are responsible for ensuring that the train is operated safely and rules are observed. This is because the safe operation of a train requires the collaboration and adherence to rules by all crew members. Each crew member plays a crucial role in preventing accidents and violations by following the established protocols and regulations. Therefore, it is the collective responsibility of all crew members to ensure the safe operation of the train.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is the responsibility of the conductor? (104)

    • A.

      The supervision of the operation and administration of the train

    • B.

      Advising the engineer and Rail Traffic Controller of any restrictions placed on equipment being handled

    • C.

      Ensuring that their subordinates are familiar with their duties, determine the extent of their experience and knowledge of the rules, and instruct them when necessary.

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    The conductor is responsible for supervising the operation and administration of the train, advising the engineer and Rail Traffic Controller of any restrictions on equipment, and ensuring that their subordinates are familiar with their duties and rules. Therefore, all of the given answers are correct responsibilities of the conductor.

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  • 4. 

    When must other trains be warned by radio, including making an emergency call (Emergency, Emergency, Emergency) where required?  (208)

    • A.

      After over running a Stop indication

    • B.

      After emergency brake applications

    • C.

      Initial reports of derailments, collisions, storms, washouts, track obstructions, property damage, or injury to employees or the public

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    Other trains must be warned by radio, including making an emergency call, in various situations. These situations include over running a Stop indication, emergency brake applications, and initial reports of derailments, collisions, storms, washouts, track obstructions, property damage, or injury to employees or the public. Therefore, all of the given answers are correct as they cover all the necessary situations where other trains need to be warned.

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  • 5. 

    When radios are used in conjunction with a shoving or backing movement, what must be included in the instructions given by employee directing the movement? (211, Amtrak Rule 116)

    • A.

      That the employee directing the movement is on the point, or preceding the movement (when permitted)

    • B.

      The position of any switches involved with the move

    • C.

      The direction and distance of the movement to be made

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    When radios are used in conjunction with a shoving or backing movement, the employee directing the movement must include the following instructions: that they are on the point or preceding the movement (when permitted), the position of any switches involved with the move, and the direction and distance of the movement to be made. All of these answers are correct.

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  • 6. 

    What is required before or during shoving movements? (502)

    • A.

      The engineer in the employee directing the move must conduct a job briefing which will include the means of communication in the type of point protection to be used.

    • B.

      The employee directing the shoving movement must not be involved in any unrelated task for the duration of the move.

    • C.

      Movement must be made it restricted speed when cars are shoved on a single main track, controlled siding, or any track where CTC is in effect, when permission is not required of the capital RTC or control operator and movement will remain within the block

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    Before or during shoving movements, several requirements must be met. Firstly, the engineer in charge must conduct a job briefing, which includes discussing the means of communication and the type of point protection to be used. Secondly, the employee directing the shoving movement must not be engaged in any unrelated task during the move. Lastly, when cars are being shoved on a single main track, controlled siding, or any track where CTC is in effect, the movement must be made at restricted speed, unless permission is granted by the capital RTC or control operator, and the movement remains within the block. All of these requirements are correct and must be followed.

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  • 7. 

    When cars are being shoved through a highway-rail crossing or pedestrian crossing, we must a qualified employee be on the ground at the crossing? (504)

    • A.

      When traffic is approaching or stopped at the crossing, unless equipped with gates that are fully lowered

    • B.

      At all times

    • C.

      Only went traffic is approaching the crossing and may not stop

    • D.

      Only at crossings not equipped with automatic warning devices

    Correct Answer
    A. When traffic is approaching or stopped at the crossing, unless equipped with gates that are fully lowered
    Explanation
    In order to ensure safety when cars are being shoved through a highway-rail crossing or pedestrian crossing, a qualified employee must be present on the ground at the crossing. This is necessary when traffic is approaching or stopped at the crossing, unless the crossing is equipped with gates that are fully lowered. The presence of a qualified employee helps to ensure that the crossing is properly monitored and that any potential hazards or risks can be addressed promptly.

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  • 8. 

    What is immediately required if your train is stopped by and emergency application of the brakes or severe slack action occurs while stopping, if an adjacent main track or control siding may be obstructed? (517)

    • A.

      Make an immediate on ground inspection to determine if all wheels are on the rail and provide flight protection in both directions on adjacent tracks

    • B.

      Notify the RTC and ask for relief from providing flag protection on adjacent tracks

    • C.

      Warn other trains by making an emergency call over the radio that includes the train ID, direction, check in location, and notify the RTC

    • D.

      Notify the RTC and be governed by instructions received

    Correct Answer
    C. Warn other trains by making an emergency call over the radio that includes the train ID, direction, check in location, and notify the RTC
    Explanation
    If your train is stopped by an emergency application of the brakes or severe slack action occurs while stopping, and an adjacent main track or control siding may be obstructed, the immediate action required is to warn other trains by making an emergency call over the radio. This call should include important information such as the train ID, direction, check-in location, and notify the RTC (Rail Traffic Controller). This is necessary to inform other trains about the potential obstruction and ensure their safety.

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  • 9. 

    When required to move that restricted speed, at what speed must a train or engine proceed? (518)

    • A.

      At 20 mph

    • B.

      Prepared to stop short of train, engine, railroad car, roadway workers or equipment, stop signal, switch or do you rail line improperly or broken rail and not exceeding 15 mph

    • C.

      Prepared to stop short of Train, engine, railroad car, roadway workers or equipment, stop signal, or switch or do you rail lines improperly, looking out for broken rail and not exceeding 20 mph

    • D.

      Prepared to stop within one half the range of vision short of Train, engine, railroad car, roadway workers or equipment, stop signal, or switch or do you rail line improperly, looking out for broken rail and not exceeding 20 mph

    Correct Answer
    D. Prepared to stop within one half the range of vision short of Train, engine, railroad car, roadway workers or equipment, stop signal, or switch or do you rail line improperly, looking out for broken rail and not exceeding 20 mph
    Explanation
    When required to move at restricted speed, a train or engine must proceed at a speed that allows them to stop within one half the range of vision short of any potential hazards such as trains, engines, railroad cars, roadway workers or equipment, stop signals, switches, or improperly laid rail lines. They must also be looking out for broken rails. The maximum speed allowed in this situation is 20 mph.

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  • 10. 

    Your Train has been informed that grade crossing warning devices at a specified highway crossing have been reported as having an activation failure (529A). How may the train proceed over the crossing? (529A)

    • A.

      Proceed with caution at a maximum speed of 15 mph

    • B.

      Proceed onto the crossing at 15 mph, sounding whistle signal 410(7)

    • C.

      Proceed over crossing only after a crew member or a properly equipped flagger is at the crossing to provide warning

    • D.

      Proceed on to the crossing at 15 mph if warning devices are seen to be working

    Correct Answer
    C. Proceed over crossing only after a crew member or a properly equipped flagger is at the crossing to provide warning
  • 11. 

    Your train is approaching a scheduled station. Where there are two or more tracks. What do you do? (531)

    • A.

      Do not allow passengers to and entrain or detrain until ascertaining the location of other train that could pass underside of your train, unless tracks are separated by physical barrier

    • B.

      Do not allow passengers to entrain or detrain until ascertaining the location of other train pass your train station platform

    • C.

      Since it is a scheduled station stop, make the station stop. Other trains are prohibited by rule from passing between your Train in the station platform

    • D.

      Make the station stop only if you're operating on your normal track. If operating against the current traffic, do not make the station stop until protection is received from the dispatcher

    Correct Answer
    A. Do not allow passengers to and entrain or detrain until ascertaining the location of other train that could pass underside of your train, unless tracks are separated by physical barrier
    Explanation
    Before allowing passengers to get on or off the train at a scheduled station with multiple tracks, it is important to ensure the safety of the passengers. This includes checking the location of any other trains that could potentially pass underneath the train. However, if there is a physical barrier separating the tracks, such as a fence or wall, then it is safe to allow passengers to board or disembark without checking for other trains.

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  • 12. 

    Where is equipment prohibited from being left? (601)

    • A.

      Where it will foul another track

    • B.

      Where it could cause injury to employees riding on the side of cars

    • C.

      Fouling a siding or yard switch, when the switch is lined for the other track

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    Equipment is prohibited from being left in three specific situations: where it will foul another track, where it could cause injury to employees riding on the side of cars, and fouling a siding or yard switch when the switch is lined for the other track. All of these answers are correct because they all describe locations where equipment is not allowed to be left.

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  • 13. 

    What must a job briefing include before employees use hand operated switches or derails? (700)

    • A.

      The name of the employees responsible for operating the switch or derail

    • B.

      The work to be performed

    • C.

      The position in which the switch or derail is to be left

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    A job briefing must include the name of the employees responsible for operating the switch or derail, the work to be performed, and the position in which the switch or derail is to be left. This ensures that all necessary information is communicated to the employees before they use hand operated switches or derails, promoting safety and efficiency in their work.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is required of an employee who is handling a switch or derail? (701)

    • A.

      The employee must be qualified on the operating rules pertaining to handling switches and derails

    • B.

      Employee must visually check to see the switches and derails are properly positioned for the intended movements, the points fit properly, in the target, if equipped corresponds to the wrist position

    • C.

      The employee must not operate a switch while the equipment is standing or moving over it

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these answers are correct
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of these answers are correct." This means that all of the options listed are required of an employee who is handling a switch or derail. The employee must be qualified on the operating rules pertaining to handling switches and derails, visually check to ensure they are properly positioned, and not operate a switch while the equipment is standing or moving over it.

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  • 15. 

    And a hand-operated switch, what must be done before equipment fouls and adjacent track? (701)

    • A.

      Equipment may pull up just short of this which points to allow a crew member The switch

    • B.

      Equipment must pull pass the clearance point, then wait 5 minutes before opening switch

    • C.

      Equipment must not enter the Foul zone until the hand operated switches properly line

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    C. Equipment must not enter the Foul zone until the hand operated switches properly line
    Explanation
    Before equipment fouls an adjacent track, it must not enter the Foul zone until the hand-operated switches are properly lined.

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  • 16. 

    Your train is proceeding at restricted speed after passing a signal indicating stop and proceed. The lunar marker on the signal was not displayed. If a facing point spring switch is encountered within that block, how do you proceed? (706)

    • A.

      Stop and test switch before passing over

    • B.

      Stop and visually check that the switch is properly lined before passing over it

    • C.

      Approach to switch prepared to stop and proceed only if switch is seen to be properly line

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    A. Stop and test switch before passing over
    Explanation
    When the lunar marker on the signal is not displayed, it indicates that the signal is not functioning properly. In such a situation, it is necessary to take extra precautions. Therefore, the correct approach is to stop and test the switch before passing over it to ensure that it is properly lined. This ensures the safety of the train and prevents any potential accidents or derailments.

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  • 17. 

    What is required if a train overruns any black signal that requires it to stop? (850)

    • A.

      Stop immediately and, when safe to do so, back up to get behind the signal as soon as possible

    • B.

      Notify the train dispatcher by first available means of communication

    • C.

      Warn other trains by radio, stop immediately, and notify the RTC or control operator

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    C. Warn other trains by radio, stop immediately, and notify the RTC or control operator
    Explanation
    If a train overruns any black signal that requires it to stop, it is required to warn other trains by radio, stop immediately, and notify the RTC (Rail Traffic Controller) or control operator. This is important to ensure the safety of other trains on the track and to inform the control authorities about the situation. Backing up to get behind the signal may not be necessary or safe in all situations, and notifying the train dispatcher is not mentioned as a specific requirement in this scenario. Therefore, the correct answer is to warn other trains by radio, stop immediately, and notify the RTC or control operator.

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  • 18. 

    When is a train considered Delayed Within a Block?

    • A.

      When a train has entered a block on a signal indication that requires restricted speed

    • B.

      When a train has entered a block on a proceed indication that does not require restricted speed, and the train stops for any other reason than a regular station stop

    • C.

      When a train has entered a block on a proceed indication that does not require restricted speed, and the train stops for any reason

    • D.

      When a train has entered a block on a proceed indication that does not require restricted speed, and the train stops or it's speed is reduced below 7 MPH

    Correct Answer
    D. When a train has entered a block on a proceed indication that does not require restricted speed, and the train stops or it's speed is reduced below 7 MPH
    Explanation
    A train is considered Delayed Within a Block when it has entered a block on a proceed indication that does not require restricted speed, and the train either stops or its speed is reduced below 7 MPH. This means that if a train is given permission to proceed at a normal speed in a block, but it either stops or slows down to a speed below 7 MPH, it is considered delayed within that block.

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  • 19. 

    When transmitting and copying mandatory directives, how must station names be shown? (1001)

    • A.

      By name or milepost location

    • B.

      Spelled exactly as in the timetable

    • C.

      Abbreviated only when it can be clearly identified

    • D.

      All if these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Spelled exactly as in the timetable
    Explanation
    When transmitting and copying mandatory directives, station names must be shown spelled exactly as they appear in the timetable. This ensures clear and accurate communication between stations and avoids any confusion or misinterpretation of the directives.

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  • 20. 

    What does it mean when Track Authority includes the instruction Switch Yes (SW-Y) at a control point named as one of the track limits? (1003)

    • A.

      The trackage between the opposing absolute signals of that control point is included in the Track Authority limits

    • B.

      Authority does not include the trackage between the opposing absolute signals of that control point

    • C.

      The dual control switches between the opposing absolute signals of that control point may be placed in HAND without permission from the operator.

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    A. The trackage between the opposing absolute signals of that control point is included in the Track Authority limits
    Explanation
    When Track Authority includes the instruction Switch Yes (SW-Y) at a control point named as one of the track limits, it means that the trackage between the opposing absolute signals of that control point is included in the Track Authority limits. This means that the train is authorized to proceed through that section of track and the switches at that control point can be operated without seeking permission from the operator.

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  • 21. 

    When the limits of a Track Authority are identified by a switch, do the limits include the Foul Zone of a switch? (1003)

    • A.

      Yes, always

    • B.

      No, never

    • C.

      No, if an opposing train may use the same switch to clear the main track

    • D.

      It depends on whether the authority indicates Switch Yes(SW-Y) or Switch No (SW-N)

    Correct Answer
    D. It depends on whether the authority indicates Switch Yes(SW-Y) or Switch No (SW-N)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It depends on whether the authority indicates Switch Yes(SW-Y) or Switch No (SW-N)." This means that the limits of a Track Authority may or may not include the Foul Zone of a switch, depending on the specific instructions given in the authority. If the authority indicates "Switch Yes," then the limits would include the Foul Zone. If the authority indicates "Switch No," then the limits would not include the Foul Zone.

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  • 22. 

    What is required if a yellow-red flag is encountered without a corresponding GBO item? (1100)

    • A.

      Immediately reduce to restricted speed until the rear of the train has passed a green flag, or has passed a point four miles from the yellow-red flag

    • B.

      Once the train is 2 miles beyond the yellow-red flag, continue moving the train but a speed not exceeding 20 MPH

    • C.

      Proceed prepared to stop short 2 miles beyond the yellow-red flag. If no red flag is displayed, proceed at restricted speed until the train has passed a point four miles from the yellow-red flag

    • D.

      Proceed prepared to stop short 2 miles beyond the yellow-red flag. If no red flag is displayed, proceed at restricted speed until the RTC confirms that no planned work is in effect at that location

    Correct Answer
    D. Proceed prepared to stop short 2 miles beyond the yellow-red flag. If no red flag is displayed, proceed at restricted speed until the RTC confirms that no planned work is in effect at that location
    Explanation
    If a yellow-red flag is encountered without a corresponding GBO item, the correct action is to proceed prepared to stop short 2 miles beyond the yellow-red flag. If no red flag is displayed, the train should proceed at restricted speed until the RTC (Rail Traffic Controller) confirms that no planned work is in effect at that location. This ensures safety and allows for proper coordination with the RTC to prevent any potential conflicts or hazards on the track.

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  • 23. 

    Your train has a GBO for Planned Work. As you are approaching the limits you have not been able to contact the employee in charge and notice that no red flag is displayed at the beginning of the limits. How do you proceed? (1102)

    • A.

      You may proceed at restricted speed, prepared to stop at red flag

    • B.

      You must not enter the limits without the authority of an employee in charge

    • C.

      You must stop before entering the Planned Work limits, then proceed at restricted speed if no roadway work limits, then proceeded at restricted speed if no roadway workers are present.

    • D.

      Since no red flag is displayed, proceed at maximum authorized speed and report the occurrence to the RTC

    Correct Answer
    B. You must not enter the limits without the authority of an employee in charge
  • 24. 

    If a train is within the limits at the time Planned Work takes effect, what is required? (1102)

    • A.

      It may continue at restricted speed through the limits

    • B.

      It may continue at maximum authorized speed

    • C.

      It must stop, unless otherwise instructed by the employee in charge

    • D.

      It must stop, unless permission is received from the train dispatcher

    Correct Answer
    C. It must stop, unless otherwise instructed by the employee in charge
    Explanation
    If a train is within the limits at the time Planned Work takes effect, it must stop, unless otherwise instructed by the employee in charge. This means that the train cannot continue at any speed, but it must come to a complete stop unless the employee in charge gives instructions allowing it to proceed. The employee in charge has the authority to determine whether it is safe for the train to continue or if it should remain stopped until further instructions are given.

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  • 25. 

    What is the definition of a Foul Zone? (Definitions)

    • A.

      A location where equipment will not be struck by equipment on an adjacent track

    • B.

      A segment of track between the switch points and the clearance point of a switch

    • C.

      A location identified by paint, sign or insulated joints that indicates the limits of the crossing circuit of automatic warning devices

    • D.

      All of these answers are correct

    Correct Answer
    B. A segment of track between the switch points and the clearance point of a switch
    Explanation
    A foul zone refers to a segment of track between the switch points and the clearance point of a switch. In this area, equipment can potentially be struck by equipment on an adjacent track. This definition highlights the specific location and purpose of a foul zone, distinguishing it from other options such as a location where equipment will not be struck by adjacent equipment or a location identified by paint, sign, or insulated joints indicating the limits of a crossing circuit.

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