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National Train Dispatcher Safety Assessment 1987-1988

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1990
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RRS
SUBJECT: Safety Performance Measures
KEYWORDS: Training, Operational Tests, Inspections
ABSTRACT: [From the Introduction] In 1971, FRA commissioned the Transportation Systems Center (TSC) to analyze the responsibilities of the railroad train dispatcher. The report of this study, which was entitled "An Analysis of the Job of Railroad Train Dispatcher" was published in 1974. Today, 19 years after FRA commissioned the first study, the conditions described in that summary continue to exist on most railroads. What was then state-of-the-art technology is now part of a system which a railroad may or may not decide to retain. Current technology includes computer dependent traffic control systems, computer systems which use operating rules logic to help regulate the issuance of mandatory directives, and computerized communication systems which route and store radio and telephone calls until connection with the dispatcher is accomplished.
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