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    Default Life on the railroad

    Since I have been driving trains since 1998, I thought I'd might be able to help those who may have questions on what the job and life is like. Here is a link to my website and info on how to reach me.

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    Not to steal from your experience, but The Life and Times of a Railroad Engineer by Bud Hoekstra is a good read. Actually, @DJSTRAINS I'd be curious to know if you had read it and how it compares to your experience on the railroad. If it would be like Steven Adler's book vs Slash's book, where they had roughly the same experiences in Guns 'n Roses told from different view points.

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    Driving? Did you start the job in Europe?

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    Re: 'Driving? Did you start the job in Europe?'

    Since American railroad 'Engineers' evidently do not 'Drive', exactly what is the verb used to describe what they DO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Komata View Post
    . . . exactly what is the verb used to describe what they DO?
    I'm pretty sure the actual verb can't be used without violating FCC regulations.

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    Paul

    Thank you. However, from a linguistic aspect, RailOhio's comment intrigues me, hence my question. FCC notwithstanding, what is the term used to describe the act of 'driving' a locomotive in the USA?

    Your countrymen dive cars (automobiles) as does the rest of the world, but based on RailOhio's comment, evidently your engineers / railroads use a different term for a person in a locomotive cab who is in charge of the motive power of the train.

    As this individual can't 'Engineer' his locomotive (that doesn't make linguistic sense), what would that word would be??

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    I would think "Operate". But hey that's just me.

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    According to Jerry Garcia;

    Casey Jones
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    Driving that train, high on cocaine,
    Casey Jones you better watch your speed
    Trouble ahead, trouble behind
    And you know that notion just crossed my mind
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    but I digress. Now back to the thread.
    Thanks for the link DJSTrains!
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    google search yielded among others:
    Locomotive engineers typically do the following: Monitor speed, air pressure, battery use, and other instruments to ensure that thelocomotive runs smoothly. Use a variety of controls, such as throttles and airbrakes, to operate the train.
    ​just saying...
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    They call F-15 pilots, "Eagle Drivers".

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    Thank you gentlemen, your input is appreciated. In precis' therefore: American locomotive Engineers do not 'Drive' their locomotives, they OPERATE them!!!

    So now we know and can use the term 'operate' with certainty. Personally, I prefer 'Drive' to describe what an 'Engineer' ('Driver') does, since 'Operate' sounds simply too ostentatious for the job (no disrespect meant BTW). As I am not US-educated, the term 'Engineer' has a different meaning (being applied to specialists in construction or industry), so this is perhaps understandable.

    Again, thank you; it's been very informative.
    Komata "TVR - serving the Northern Taranaki . . . "

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    I monitor speed, oil pressure, battery/alternator use, and other instruments to ensure that my vehicle runs smoothly. I use a variety of controls such as throttles and brakes, to operate my truck. In the common vernacular, I drive my truck (even though the State of Indiana issues an OPERATOR'S LICENSE). Rather than go with a google definition, I will defer to DJSTRAINS and his experience when he says he drives the train.

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    They call submarine drivers.... submarine drivers.
    I'm assuming the difference lies in your ability to steer the thing, be it planes, trains, or automobiles.

    But really, I think we know what DJ meant when he said he drives trains.

    Something tells me this isn't the direction that he planned his thread to head off into.

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    When my son worked for UP he informed me that you "run" a train, but you never "drive" it.
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    @DJSTRAINS thanks for the link and to all the others, I have no knowledge that is why I used google! I love reading the accounts of actual railroaders. @pwh70 thanks, yes let's let this thread get back to driving, operating, running trains...
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    Sounds like an interesting job.
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    I haven't seen that book, but may look for it. Thanks!

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    SR7 pilots=Sled Drivers
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    Run or operate are terms we use on the BNSF.
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    From The Cab: Stories of a Locomotive Engineer by Doug Ridell is another good read. I might have misspelled his last name.

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