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The stout cord is used by the Flagger for tying:

The red lamp/flag to the stop arm of the portable train stop

Rule 3.75(b)


On push button interlocking machines, a call on is indicated on the model board by a flashing:

Yellow Indication


The maximum speed of a work train operating on a straight track and on curves is?

25mph and 15mph

Rule 4.20


What is the procedure for moving 2 cars with brakes cut out?

The cars can be moved , providing 4 cars with brakes are coupled to it.


The Independent Brake Valve (engine brakes) is to be used when the diesel is being operated alone and:

For spotting a work train


What position should the train line brake handle be placed in when the engine is in the trail position?

Handle Off


A Train Operator has to cut out the traction motors on a R142 type A car. What circuit breakers will he/she cut out?

Truck cut out 1# and Truck cut out #2


R32-R42 equipment requires the Train Operator, before coupling, to ensure that:

Electric portion is retrieved and the shutter door is closed


List 5 instances when a C/R might activate an EBV at the next station:

•Train leaves terminal before receiving proceed Signal
•Train takes wrong route
•Train repeatedly stops short of proper marker
•Train continually makes hard stops
•Unexplained and repeated instances of irregular acceleration and braking
•T/O repeatedly fails to respond to radio, PA or Intercom, which is known to be working.

Bulletin 51-14


Any equipment involved in a derailment, collision, or switch run-thru will not be moved without authorization from:

Office of System Safety and RCC Desk Superintendent


During point to point flagging, the workers stop to perform work. How far from the worker should the portable stop and red lamp/flag be placed?

A minimum of 150ft

Rule 3.77(d)


The electric locomotive will shut down if the air intake to the motor is blocked. (True or False)



The type of rail used to prevent a derailed truck on an elevated structure from going to the street is called:

Emergency Rail


A Train Operator must stop and stay how far away from the Flagger when signaled to stop?

At least 1 Car length from Flagger


A Train Operator leaving Coney Island enroute to 179th street reports a broken rail to the RCC. He states that it is on the right side. Which rail is it?



R142 and up equipment has 3 ways to cut out brakes on a car. They are:



A new T/O reports to you that they are unfamiliar with the line ups on the F line. You are a new TSS to the F line and formerly worked the A division. What course of action as a TSS should you take?

Assist the T/O by providing a line up card and riding along with them


If an OPTO Train Operator must go to the road bed to investigate a BIE, the proper procedure will be:

Notify the RCC, make PA announcements, secure the train from movement , verify that all customers heard the announcements, descend to the roadbed from the rear of the train.

Rule 5.14(a)


The standard gauge for tracks is:

56 1/2 inches or 4ft, 8 1/2 inches

Induction book 5-7


Four short sounds on the train horn or whistle indicates:

Request to Tower or Hand Thrown Switch operator for route

Rule 3.61(g)


Except in an emergency, the maximum number of consecutive hours of clock time a Train Operator is permitted to work (including regular time and overtime) is:


Bulletin 08-14


If the OPTO station Car stop sign is missing, the T/O must stop the train at the:

10 or S station stop marker

Rule 5.09(a)


The brake cylinder piston trace on R32 equipment should be:

2 1/2 to 3 inches


Precise dispatching is defined as a:

Train leaving a terminal within 15 seconds of the departure time


Which is the following statements regarding the opening of an interview is not true?

You should let the employee know that misrepresenting the facts is a basis for dismissal.


What type of signal defines the limits of train movement at the end of track and has an associated fix stop?

Bumper Light Signal

Rule 3.67(e)


During point to point flagging, it is not required to set up the portable trip and red lamp/flag if the person performing the work is continuously moving and has a clear up area within what distance from them?


Rule 3.76(a)


The direction of sand on work trains is determined by the:



Supervisors must ensure that all trains service employees, when reporting for duty and frequently thereafter, are fit to perform their respective duties. In order to fulfill this obligation, supervisors must:

Observe their behavior and manner, talk to employees face to face, and be on the lookout for observable effects of alcohol use.

Bulletin 151-16


The special charge feature on R143 equipment allows the T/O to charge the train without leaving the key in the master controller key switch. This allows the T/O to listen for air leaks in the event of a brake pipe rupture. If the train fails to charge and the cause is unknown, the T/O shall proceed as follows:

Place Master Controller into emergency, and allow the brake pipe air to build, place reverser in neutral, place Master Controller key in special charge and proceed to investigate the BIE.

Bulletin 148-13


The starting procedures for an electric locomotive require circuit breakers to be activated in a certain sequence. That sequence, in order is:

Generator, Control, Auxiliary


When a train of customer cars are being operated other than front end on mainline tracks, the TSS should be stationed at:

A position to supervise the safe operation of the train

Bulletin 77-15


On R32 type equipment, the angles in between married pairs are:

Red (Straight Air), Black (Brake Pipe), Yellow (Supply Air)


On R62/62A equipment, to overcome a door problem, a Conductor must first check the door track and then:

Pull the door close, place door operator to normal, open swing Sash and verify output arm has come to reset against the bumper stop, and then places the door operator to the cut-out position. Snap test.

Bulletin 129-16


A TSS looking at a facing point Samson switch would know that the 1st and 2nd switch rods respectfully are called:

Lock and Throw rods

Induction Book 5-15


When customer trains are delayed, who is responsible for providing information to the customers?

Both the Train Operator and Conductor


While moving to couple a diesel in bad weather, the successive stops that must be made from the standing cars are:

3 Car lengths, 50ft, 10ft, 2ft, 1ft


Should a train overrun a portable train stop protecting workers on the tracks, resulting in a near miss incident, the Flagger must immediately:

Call RCC by telephone and report the incident


An absolute block is to be maintained for a certain section of track. This means:

A train is not permitted to enter a section of track that is occupied by another train.

Rule book - Chapter 2


Whenever a fault light remains illuminated after a door has been properly cut-out, the train:

Must be removed from service

Rule 2.42(f)


List 5 instances when a conductor might activate the EBV immediately:

•Train overruns station platform or gap fillers
•Train bypasses a station without authorization
•Whenever train speed, based on the C/Rs experience and knowledge of the road, appears to be excessive or unsafe
•BIE enroute where a train recharges and immediately moves again, with no explanation from the T/O
•Train moves in the opposite direction without proper authorization
•Train moves while doors are open
•A customer reports that the T/O appears unfit for duty

Bulletin 51-14


When a handbrake is applied on R46 type equipment, the brake shoes will apply on the:

#2 and #3 wheels


When performing an evaluation of an employee, the TSS should have which communication skills?

Questioning, Listening, and Explaining


A car with a red flag is on a track, other cars can be placed on the track no closer than?



During the sensitive rolling test, the Train Operator reports a pullback aboard the train. The RCC is notified and upon investigation, he/she determines the 3rd Car has an applied service brake on a 10 car train. The best course of action is:

Cut out the brakes and motors and proceed in service


What is the purpose of the BCO on R142 equipment?

Cut out the brakes on one truck of a car


What do the red and black needles represent on the duplex air gauge on R142 and up equipment?

Brake cylinder and Brake pipe air


A train operating on the L line in ATPM mode. What does ATPM represent?

Automatic Train Protection Manual


The generator circuit breaker is the first turned on during starting procedures? (True or False)



An alarm will sound inside the cab when you first start up the diesel and will continue to ring until the diesel fires properly. At what other times will you hear the bell?

Hot Engine or Low Oil Pressure

(Ground Fault, Emergency Fuel Cut Out)


List 5 incidents that could be considered a NEAR MISS incident:

•Misc: incidents that could have resulted in death, serious injury or significant equipment/property damage.
•False clear Signal aspects
•Switch run through
•Home Signal overrun
•General Order violations
•Improper Flagging
•3rd Rail explosions involving work procedures
•Potential Employee Contact with train
•Portable Trip overrun
•Doors open outside/wrong side of station
•Train fails to sound horn when passing yellow caution lights
•Train passed work area at excessive speed

Bulletin 176-16


The diesel will shut down immediately if:

Emergency fuel trip is activated


A red lamp or flag on the end of a car indicates?

Employees are on or about train


While in CBTC territory, the train loses track of its location along the right of way and is no longer able to update its location. This is called:



Which of the following signals is not controlled by the Tower Operator?

Train Order Signal
Approach Signal
Low Home Signal
Marker Signal

Marker Signal


NYC Transit owns 5 jet powered snow blowers and are stored at various locations throughout the divisions. One will not find a snow blower at:

Rockaway Park Yard
36th Street Yard
Stillwell Yard
Unionport Yard

Stillwell Yard

Bulletin 236-16


If the AC power is interrupted, the affected signals would generally:

Go dark and the automatic stop arm would assume the tripping position.


A Train Operator encounters a home Signal displaying a green/green aspect with the associated switch in the reverse position, which will cause the train to divert to the left. Assuming this is the normal route, the proper action for the Train Operator is to:

Proceed at 10MPH unless otherwise posted


An illuminated line of white lights on the model board of an NX tower machine indicates:

A route has been established


A fully charged R160 train duplex air gauge would read:

30-50 brake cylinder air and 130-150 brake pipe air


A switch is protected by a signal in front of it. A Train Operator changes ends in a yard to move in the opposite direction from which he/she was traveling but there is no signal between the train and the 1st switch ahead. He/she must not move until:

The T/O has checked the aspect of the Low Home Signal which the Train is overhanging; Dispatcher has granted permission or an employee of RTO or Signal department, whom the T/O knows is permitted to do so, gives a signal to go ahead; the T/O has observed the switches and has ascertained that they are properly set for the intended route.


The blue lever on a GRS interlocking machine is used for:



Yard operations require all cars to be inspected before moving them. The minimum required air pressures for straight and brake pipe air on SMEE equipment is?

70 Straight Air, 90 Brake Pipe


The main purpose of a guardrail on a curve is to:

Equalize rail wear and to guide wheel sets


A passenger on a R143 needs medical assistance between stations. How could they notify the crew of the situation?

Activate the PEI


A Train Operator is told to bypass a station stop. The train enters the station at the normal rate of speed and decelerates to 15mph. When should the Train Operator resume normal speed?

After the Train Operator's cab has passed the end of the station.

Rule 2.39(j)


When for any reason it is necessary to divert a train from its regular route, the switch must not be set for the diverging move nor the signal cleared until:

The train has stopped or the Tower Operator has observed the train decelerate to the proper speed for the switch.


On trains equipped with the shuttle switch, what procedure should be followed?

Turn MDC to On, open doors, turn MDC to Term, push Shuttle Switch, turn MDC to Run, de zone, change operating positions, turn MDC to On, depress door open buttons, push the Buzzer


What is the coupler type on an R46 Car?



If a Train Operator's indication fails at the terminal, the train cannot leave with passengers unless:

The Train Operator's indication has been restored

Rule 2.42(d)


A general order with a single track operation is about to start and you are the TSS in charge. You observe something in the area that may not comply with the G.O. What is the action for the TSS to take?

Notify the RCC to delay the start of the G.O.


What position are the drum switches in on the middle and end ofR160 equipment?

Advanced and Isolate


A passenger activates the PEHU as the train is pulling out of the station on the R142 equipment. When will the train go into emergency?

Immediately, if the train has not traveled more than 600 feet


How many minutes late does a train have to be upon arrival at the Terminal before the lateness is counted for statistical purposes?

More than 5 minutes

Bulletin 05-12


A piece of equipment required by the Flagger is a stout cord. How long should the stout cord be?


Rule 3.75(b)


In the event of CBTC failure, to release the train from CBTC control, the control mode that would allow the train to move but at a speed of no more than 10MPH is:

RM - Restricted Manual


The term thru-put refers to:

Percentage of trains that pass in service through a control point


A Train Operator is required to call the RCC and request permission to leave the yard when there is:

No Coupler Adapter


There is no Emergency Brake Valve on the diesel (True or False)



When laying up the diesel, you must cut out the battery knife switch and then apply a handbrake (True or False)



A work train consisting of flat cars and a diesel develops a stuck brake condition on one of the flat cars. What position should the Automatic Trainline brake handle be in and how do you determine which flat car has the stuck brake?

Position of the Trainline brake handle in CHARGE - RELEASE, look for PISTON TRAVEL.


If a rupture develops at the carborne tripping device of a diesel, the T/O can overcome the rupture by using?

The Diversion Valve


A work train consisting of flat cars and a diesel develops a brake pipe rupture, it will not be located unless the train operator places the automatic trainline brake handle in what position?

Charge Release


When connecting two diesels to operate in a transition unit, the required connections between them are?

Mechanical (Coupler)
Pneumatical (Brake Pipe)
4 Point Cable
12 Point Cable


Give at least 6 factors a T/O must consider if he/she is to stop his work train where he wants to?

Rail Condition


What 5 things have to be checked to make sure the crane car is secure for movement?

Chain on Hook
Elevation Pin
Extension Pin
Swivel Pin


Circuit Breakers should be turned off before the Locomotive Generator winds down? (True or False)



A bell alarm will sound and power will be removed from the traction motors, if the ground relay trips and the locomotive is running. (True or False)



What is the name of the test that must be made before starting the locomotive?

Diode Test


What is the name of the relay that can not be reset on the console and where is it located?

MG Overspeed Switch, located in the electrical cabinet

(Ground Relay)


An employee discovering a condition requiring immediate removal of power must:

Operate the Emergency Alarm Box, then call the RCC

Bulletin 44-17


Who is allowed to have power restored to the tracks after removal of power?

The employee who operated the box, or the Service
Delivery Supervisor in charge at the scene.

Bulletin 44-17


In the yards, a manual knife switches will:

Remove power from the contact rail

Bulletin 44-17


Who is allowed to operate the manual knife switch in yards?

Third Rail Operations Personnel

Bulletin 44-17


List and describe each cold weather plan that can be enacted:

PLAN 1: 1-5in of snow or likelihood of freezing equipment/surfaces. Normal service, RCC may order assembly of De-Icer train

PLAN 2: Forecast of 10 degrees or below w/o precipitation. Staffing of Mott Ave & Far Rockaway Towers. Trains to be stored underground by discretion of District Gen. Supt. Max length of trains to be operated except OPTO. All trains make local stops.

PLAN 2 Modified: When there are unusual yard conditions or to accommodate a G.O. that conflicts with certain storage trains. G.O.'s & Work trains may be suspended.

PLAN 3: Forecast of ice, sleet or freezing rain. (Same as plan 2, plus): RCC will order the crewing/assembly of 4-7 de-icer trains w/ Rider Car to accommodate stranded customers. Sweeper trains to be utilized at 10min intervals at minimum.

PLAN 4: Forecast of 5+ - 8inches of snow accumulation. (Same as plan 3, plus): RCC may order suspension of service on express tracks in open areas. Sub Div. C will assemble any not yet assembled storm fighting equipment. All refuse trains suspended. All Yard moves suspended, except emergencies. C/R's to be assigned on OPTO lines to operate full length trains (Rockaway Pk, Dyre Ave, Myrtle Ave, Lefferts)

PLAN 5: Forecast of 8+ inches of snow or blizzard conditions: (Same as plan 4, plus): Re-direct diesels to rescue revenue equipment as needed.


What are the positions of the brake handle on a locomotive / diesel? (Left to Right)

-Charge Release
-Min Reduction
-Service Range
-Full Service
-Handle Off