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interpreting what ones hears

Postby blw » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:36 pm

I see lots of discussion about the scanner hardware, and I can read that. (I've already read a bit of it.) But what I'm after is a bit of a tutorial on what I'm hearing. I've listened for a while to the online (re-)broadcasts - and I don't really understand much of what I hear. I'd guess that it's just a matter of context, but I don't have that.

I've realized recently that despite a life-long interest in trains, and actually knowing a fair bit about railroading (I can identify almost every external part of a modern steam locomotive, for example), I actually know quite close to nothing about how railroads actually operate.

Where/what would I read to get a better understanding of what it is that I'm hearing?
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Re: interpreting what ones hears

Postby justalurker66 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:42 pm

blw wrote:(I can identify almost every external part of a modern steam locomotive, for example)

Oxymoron? Modern steam?

Where/what would I read to get a better understanding of what it is that I'm hearing?

Depending on the railroad, you may want to search for GCOR or NORAC rules. Or search for the "employee time tables" for the divisions you are interested in. At least you'll know the locations of where they are talking about.

It is a start ... the more you "study" the more you'll understand.
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Re: interpreting what ones hears

Postby Engineer Spike » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:57 pm

Even if you know the rules, it is hard to know what is going on unless you are involved. I have been at work, then go home and go on the board that discusses my railroad. They have posted something about what was said, but the actual situation was 180 degrees different than what actually happened.
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Re: interpreting what ones hears

Postby justalurker66 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:00 pm

Engineer Spike wrote:Even if you know the rules, it is hard to know what is going on unless you are involved. I have been at work, then go home and go on the board that discusses my railroad. They have posted something about what was said, but the actual situation was 180 degrees different than what actually happened.


They need more study. :)
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Re: interpreting what ones hears

Postby gprimr1 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:52 pm

It can be hard, especially if the transmission breaks up.

I would say for me, being able to place mile posts to their physical locations helped a lot.
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