Diesel Engineers

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Diesel Engineers

Diesel Engineers - Overview

Locomotive engineers run trains that carry cargo and passengers.

Locomotive engineers drive trains between stations. They follow safety rules and time schedules. Most run diesel locomotives, while a few run electric ones.

Engineers check locomotives for mechanical problems. They make sure that necessary supplies are aboard. They move controls to drive the locomotive. They may call out signals to assistants to verify that they both understand them.

Engineers driving trains confer with conductors or control centers over radiophones. They exchange information about stops, delays, or oncoming trains. They interpret and follow orders they receive during these talks.

Engineers monitor gauges and meters in the locomotive. They watch for and interpret signals along the tracks. They also watch the track for objects in the way.

Engineers inspect locomotives after each run. They look for damaged or defective equipment. They prepare reports to explain accidents, delays, or unscheduled stops. They may drive a specialized machine over the tracks to find flaws in the rails.

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