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  • 1. 

    On a PL42-AC where can the Alerter cut out switch be found?

    • A.

      Behind the Engineer's seat

    • B.

      Cell phone cabinet

    • C.

      Electrical Closet

    • D.

      COM cubicle in the machine room

    Correct Answer
    B. Cell phone cabinet
    Explanation
    The Alerter cut out switch on a PL42-AC can be found in the cell phone cabinet.

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  • 2. 

    Where can the 5 FCO's be found on a PL42-AC?

    • A.

      Engineer's Desk

    • B.

      Back wall behind engineer

    • C.

      COM Cubicle

    • D.

      Outside, on the R end of both sides of the locomotive

    • E.

      Engine Governor

    • F.

      Attached to the crankcase

    • G.

      In the Air Brake Room

    • H.

      Behind the seat on the firemans side

    • I.

      Underneath the low water reset

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Back wall behind engineer
    D. Outside, on the R end of both sides of the locomotive
    E. Engine Governor
    G. In the Air Brake Room
    Explanation
    The 5 FCO's can be found in multiple locations on the PL42-AC locomotive. They are located on the back wall behind the engineer, outside on the right end of both sides of the locomotive, attached to the engine governor, and in the air brake room.

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  • 3. 

    What 5 safety devices must be observed when initially starting the prime mover on GP equipment?

    • A.

      Indicator Light Panel

    • B.

      Ammeter

    • C.

      Engine Voltage

    • D.

      Both low water resets

    • E.

      Crankcase overpressure reset

    • F.

      Water cooling glass

    • G.

      Low oil reset

    • H.

      Engine Overspeed Reset Handle

    Correct Answer(s)
    D. Both low water resets
    E. Crankcase overpressure reset
    F. Water cooling glass
    G. Low oil reset
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a combination of safety devices that must be observed when initially starting the prime mover on GP equipment. These safety devices include both low water resets, which ensure that the water level is sufficient for proper operation, the crankcase overpressure reset, which prevents excessive pressure in the crankcase, the water cooling glass, which allows for monitoring the cooling system, and the low oil reset, which alerts for low oil levels. These safety devices are important to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the prime mover.

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  • 4. 

    On a PL42-AC, there are 5 inverters (1-2-3-4-5) that provide power for traction motors and the HEP. Which inverter provides power for the HEP?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    C. 3
    Explanation
    Inverter 3 provides power for the HEP (Head End Power) on a PL42-AC locomotive. The question states that there are 5 inverters on the locomotive, and it specifically asks which inverter provides power for the HEP. Therefore, the correct answer is 3.

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  • 5. 

    On F40 equipment, if the idle switch is in the normal position, how many RPMS will the prime mover run at?

    • A.

      318

    • B.

      255

    • C.

      328

    • D.

      358

    Correct Answer
    A. 318
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 318 RPM. This means that when the idle switch on F40 equipment is in the normal position, the prime mover will run at 318 RPM.

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  • 6. 

    At what temperature will the Hot Engine Light turn on at to indicate a hot engine condition exists?

    • A.

      208

    • B.

      212

    • C.

      215

    • D.

      223

    Correct Answer
    B. 212
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 212. This is the temperature at which the Hot Engine Light will turn on to indicate a hot engine condition.

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  • 7. 

    If a diesel locomotive's control air pressure drops below 90psi, what will happen?

    • A.

      Train will go into penalty

    • B.

      The locomotive will release brake applications to allow for recharging

    • C.

      Locomotive will give an ATS penalty

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. Train will go into penalty
    Explanation
    If a diesel locomotive's control air pressure drops below 90psi, the train will go into penalty. This means that the locomotive will release brake applications to allow for recharging. This is necessary because the control air pressure is essential for proper functioning of the brakes, and if it drops below the specified level, it indicates a potential issue with the braking system. Releasing the brake applications allows the air pressure to build up again, ensuring the safety and efficiency of the train.

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  • 8. 

    When starting a GP, the fuel bowl nearest the engine block must be observed when priming the engine.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When starting a GP (gasoline-powered) engine, it is important to observe the fuel bowl nearest the engine block when priming the engine. This is because the fuel bowl contains the fuel that is necessary for the engine to start and run smoothly. By observing the fuel bowl, one can ensure that there is an adequate amount of fuel present and that there are no issues such as leaks or blockages that could prevent the engine from starting or running properly. Therefore, the statement "True" is correct.

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  • 9. 

    The prime mover must be primed for about ________ seconds prior to starting.

    Correct Answer
    10-15, 10 to 15
    Explanation
    The prime mover must be primed for about 10-15 seconds prior to starting.

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  • 10. 

    While operating under rule 554, the Dispatcher gives permission to operate according to rule 556, what is the maximum speed for the train after permission was received?

    • A.

      40mph

    • B.

      59mph

    • C.

      79mph

    • D.

      49mph

    Correct Answer
    C. 79mph
    Explanation
    Under rule 554, the Dispatcher grants permission for the train to operate according to rule 556. Since the question asks for the maximum speed after permission is received, it implies that rule 556 allows for a higher speed limit. Among the given options, the highest speed mentioned is 79mph, therefore the correct answer is 79mph.

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  • 11. 

    Operating in CSS territory WITH wayside signals, the train experiences an ATS failure, what is the maximum authorized speed without any authorizations?

    • A.

      40mph

    • B.

      Restricted Speed

    • C.

      20mph

    • D.

      30mph

    Correct Answer
    A. 40mph
    Explanation
    In CSS territory with wayside signals, the train experiences an ATS failure. In this situation, the maximum authorized speed without any authorizations is 40mph. This means that the train can continue to operate at a speed of up to 40mph without any specific instructions or authorizations from the ATS system.

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  • 12. 

    What rules are in effect between Meadows and Cape?

    • A.

      ABS

    • B.

      INT

    • C.

      CSS

    • D.

      261

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. ABS
    C. CSS
    D. 261
    Explanation
    The rules that are in effect between Meadows and Cape are ABS, CSS, and 261.

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  • 13. 

    What are tracks 1-17 in the Hoboken Train Shed designated as?

    • A.

      A Yard

    • B.

      Engine Repair Shop Area

    • C.

      Main Tracks

    • D.

      Non-controlled tracks

    Correct Answer
    C. Main Tracks
    Explanation
    Tracks 1-17 in the Hoboken Train Shed are designated as "Main Tracks." This means that they are the primary tracks used for the movement of trains. These tracks are typically used for through traffic, allowing trains to pass through the area without stopping or switching to other tracks. Main tracks are essential for maintaining efficient train operations and ensuring the smooth flow of traffic in the train shed.

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  • 14. 

    Where do the limits of Terminal Interlocking extend to?

    • A.

      East end of Train Shed Tracks

    • B.

      West end of Train Shed Tracks

    • C.

      To the east end of the East End Interlocking

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. East end of Train Shed Tracks
    Explanation
    The limits of Terminal Interlocking extend to the east end of the Train Shed Tracks.

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  • 15. 

    When performing a Brake Pipe Leakage test as per 2.3, what is the first step that must be taken?

    • A.

      Cut out the AB

    • B.

      Make a FULL SERVICE application

    • C.

      Make a 10psi reduction

    • D.

      Dump the mofo

    Correct Answer
    C. Make a 10psi reduction
    Explanation
    The first step that must be taken when performing a Brake Pipe Leakage test as per 2.3 is to make a 10psi reduction. This reduction in pressure allows for the detection of any leaks in the brake pipe system. By reducing the pressure, any leaks will be more apparent and can be identified for further inspection and repair.

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  • 16. 

    When fully MU'ed, the generator field switch MUST be in the up or closed position.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because when fully MU'ed (multiple units linked together), the generator field switch can be in either the up or closed position. It is not mandatory for it to be in the up or closed position.

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  • 17. 

    When hauling a locomotive dead in the consist, and the main reservoir of that locomotive must be charged through the brake pipe, what will the main reservoir of the dead train charge to?

    • A.

      Normal Main Reservoir pressure, between 130 and 140psi

    • B.

      About 40psi

    • C.

      About 30psi

    • D.

      About 50psi

    Correct Answer
    B. About 40psi
    Explanation
    When hauling a locomotive dead in the consist, the main reservoir of that locomotive must be charged through the brake pipe. In this scenario, the main reservoir of the dead train will charge to about 40psi.

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  • 18. 

    If a locomotive is being hauled dead in train, with it's main reservoir charging through the brake pipe, the IB MUST be cut out. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When a locomotive is being hauled dead in a train, the main reservoir of the locomotive is being charged through the brake pipe. In this situation, the Independent Brake (IB) should not be cut out. The Independent Brake is used to control the locomotive's braking independently of the train's brakes. Cutting out the IB could result in a loss of control over the locomotive's braking, which is undesirable in this scenario. Therefore, the statement "the IB MUST be cut out" is incorrect, making the answer False.

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  • 19. 

    When making a shop move between Hoboken and the MMC with a consist containing no more than 2 locomotives,  what are the only to pneumatic hoses that must be coupled?

    • A.

      Apply and Release house

    • B.

      Brake Pipe

    • C.

      Car Main Reservoir Equalizing Pipe

    • D.

      Signal Pipe

    • E.

      Main Reservoir Equalizing Pipe

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Brake Pipe
    E. Main Reservoir Equalizing Pipe
    Explanation
    When making a shop move between Hoboken and the MMC with a consist containing no more than 2 locomotives, the only two pneumatic hoses that must be coupled are the Brake Pipe and the Main Reservoir Equalizing Pipe. These hoses are essential for the proper functioning of the train's braking system. The Brake Pipe is used to control the application and release of brakes, while the Main Reservoir Equalizing Pipe ensures that the air pressure in the main reservoirs of the locomotives is balanced.

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  • 20. 

    Is [your statement here] true or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given answer is true because it matches with the statement provided.

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  • 21. 

    When entering Coded Territory, the territory selector switch must be flipped to the non-coded position within 5 seconds.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because when entering Coded Territory, the territory selector switch must be flipped to the coded position within 5 seconds, not the non-coded position. This suggests that there is a specific coding requirement for entering the territory, and not flipping the switch to the coded position within the given time frame would likely result in being denied access.

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  • 22. 

    As per FRA regulations, the maximum authorized speed of trains in non-coded territory is ________mph.

    Correct Answer
    79
    Explanation
    As per FRA regulations, the maximum authorized speed of trains in non-coded territory is 79 mph.

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  • 23. 

    All movements in the Old Westbound must operate?

    Correct Answer
    Restricted Speed not exceeding 5mph, restricted speed not to exceed 5mph
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that all movements in the Old Westbound must operate at a restricted speed not exceeding 5mph. This means that any movement, such as trains or vehicles, traveling in the Old Westbound direction must maintain a speed that is below or equal to 5mph. This restriction is in place to ensure safety and prevent accidents or collisions in the area.

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  • 24. 

    Slow Approach.....(verbatim)

    Correct Answer
    Proceed prepared to stop at the next signal. Slow speed applies until entire trains clears all interlocking or spring switches, then Medium Speed applies.
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that when approaching a signal, one should be prepared to stop. At this point, the train should be moving at a slow speed until all interlocking or spring switches are cleared by the entire train. Once this is done, the train can then proceed at a medium speed. This answer provides a clear and concise explanation of the correct approach to take when encountering a signal.

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  • 25. 

    Medium Approach.....(verbatim)

    Correct Answer
    Proceed prepared to stop at the next signal. Trains exceeding Medium Speed must begin reduction to Medium Speed as soon as the Medium Approach signal is clearly visible.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Proceed prepared to stop at the next signal. Trains exceeding Medium Speed must begin reduction to Medium Speed as soon as the Medium Approach signal is clearly visible." This answer accurately reflects the information given in the question. It states that when approaching a Medium Approach signal, trains exceeding Medium Speed must start reducing their speed and be prepared to stop at the next signal.

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