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Re: Head on Crash
Why thank you Ron! Here's a page out of that now infamous project. I started it as a whim when I saw a fellow Engineer with a hand written list of crossings, and the distances between them all marked. I asked him if I could borrow his list, so I could type them up. This was for the South Bend Subdivision. I made up a few copies, and started handing them out. A year or so later I was approached by the SLE, and he first ask me if I was the one that had compiled the list. When I did admit to it (thinking I was in trouble for something) he asked me if I could make them up for all the GTW Subdivisions. If I would, he would provide me with a track chart, which would make them more accurate. Not long after that the Terminal Superintendent got involved, and provided funding to cover the printing costs. I still carry copies of them with me all the time, for people who have lost their copy, or new employees.
One other note about clearing a train. We have counters on our locomotives. Departing every terminal we are required to test our counters. A short distance from every terminal is a "Measured Mile". This consists of two mile markers which have been accurately placed at exactly 5280' apart. Most other ones are not exact. Some are up to 1.3 miles apart. Once we know the accuracy of our counter, we can then use it to ensure we are "Clear" of a certain location. For example, we start the counter when we cross one crossing, and when the counter reaches our train length, we know we are clear of said crossing. And, at that point, we are hopefully not occupying the next crossing...