What are your thoughts on this? It looks like BNSF is trying to make most of its freight trains one man crews. It doesn't appear to apply to hazardous
What are your thoughts on this? It looks like BNSF is trying to make most of its freight trains one man crews. It doesn't appear to apply to hazardous freight but after the incident in Quebec this doesn't appear to be a smart move.
We were taking about this in the Tower today. I hope this doesn't pass the union, especially considering I just got approved for craft transfer to Conductor.
Who'S Awesome? You'Re Awesome!: It figures that it was the UTU(or whatever they call themselves now) that signed an agreement like that. We always said that UTU stood for you took us. They have always been good at selling people's jobs down the river. I think a one man crew is a really bad idea. Two sets of eyes on the job are much safer than just one. The "master conductor" is going to be watching over how many trains I wonder? I'm glad i'm almost done on the railroad. The whole job has just gone to hell.
Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to safety or money. 50 years ago you couldn't operate a freight train with less than 4 men (5 with steam). Then the railways convinced the Yahoos in the government that they didn't need a caboose and 2 brakemen. Now they claim its quite safe to operate with only one man in the cab. Railways will do anything to save a dollar. The train wreck in Quebec proves my point.
UTU is good at selling your job and selling insurance. Thats all..
I can still remember the hue and cry when they decided to do away with the brakeman on most routes… People were predicting train wrecks and carnage of biblical proportions… Didn't happen then, and it probably won't happen now.