How does an engineer know what frequency to be on?

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How does an engineer know what frequency to be on?

Postby Mike77E9 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:50 am

Hi All,

Just got into railfanning several months ago by a few friends that have been into it for many years. All the times we've gone to Roselle Park and Bound Brook to watch freight go by, one question has come up that none of us knew the answer to. How does the engineer know when to change channels on his radio and how does he know what channel to tune into to? Is it just simply because he's been qualified on the route he's running and knows when and what channel to switch off to, or is their signage, or does the dispatcher tell him where to go?

I'm very interested in the radio operations of the railroad, as I've been a radio head for many years. I've been listening to public safety for the past 15 years and have been the communications officer for the local rescue squad and OEM for the past several years. I also hold an amateur license, but really haven't been all to active with it except for use with OEM.

Thanks,

Mike
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Re: How does an engineer know what frequency to be on?

Postby DutchRailnut » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:13 am

The Employee timetable governs what channel is in effect from **** to ****.
So yes Qualifications dictate what channel to be on.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: How does an engineer know what frequency to be on?

Postby Mike77E9 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:27 am

Ok, that's what I thought it was. Thanks Dutch!
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