justalurker66 wrote:It certainly sounds like the difficulty of getting such a license/certificate is up to the issuing railroad. More of a formality than getting a license from an outside source such as the DOT. If the railroad wants an individual to operate a train they give that individual the level of instruction the railroad feels is necessary then issue the license/certificate to say the railroad did its part. The exact standards are set by the issuer.The standards as set by the FRA, which has to give the ok after the railroad creates its certification course. As part of the deep dive operation the FRA is looking into all of these records for MNR. The purpose of doing this is not to make it difficult to get the certificate, but rather to have a standard to which all locomotive engineers and conductors are held to nationally and that they are trained and inspected periodically for compliance.
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