Minimum required crew for passenger trains

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Minimum required crew for passenger trains

Postby Ryand-Smith » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:50 pm

Where and what is the minimum crew size for a passenger train in the US, and any FRA citations would be great. (This also includes conductor).
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Re: Minimum required crew for passenger trains

Postby Mark0f0 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:58 am

Don't know about the US, but overnight on the long-distance trains like the Canadian, there's only 3 people who have to be awake. 2 loco engineers, and 1 attendant. They've had 700+ passengers aboard, 32 cars.
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Re: Minimum required crew for passenger trains

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:47 am

in US a Engineer and Cdr is only requirement , the trainman are a contract negotiated item , with many different rules on different railroads.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: Minimum required crew for passenger trains

Postby stopthemusic » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:37 pm

Where and what is the minimum crew size for a passenger train in the US, and any FRA citations would be great. (This also includes conductor).


@Mark0f0 - Agreed but it could also change due to the route and employee availability. They all use scheduling software for a reason now so in case anyone decides to not show up, it won't effect the departure time.
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