Mileage Report 8.26

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Denny Dunn's Did You Know 8/28/17


Throughout the year and more often during summer months, track work is a typical part of our work day. When operating within the limits of a Form B, there are a few key elements that will keep everyone safe and the railroad operating efficiently.

 Avoiding Delay

Avoiding delay and maximizing work time is equally important. This depends upon a few factors; train speed, signal indication, and radio reception. For example, it waste valuable work time calling too far away if you are operating at a slow speed, or if signals indicate that you possibly will be stopping short of the limits. As a last resort, if the foreman cannot be contacted, contact the dispatcher.


When contacting the foreman listed on the Form B for permission through the limits, notify of the following.

  • Train location.
  • Direction and track that you are on or will be operating on.
  • Excessive dimensional loads in the train. The rule is specific about excessive dimensional loads, but it would be wise to notify of dimensional loads as well. There is a difference, see Item 5-A in the SSI. Excessive dimensional loads will be indicated on the first page of your train list, dimensional loads will be indicated in the body of the list with the specific car.

Receiving Clearance

Make sure that the you obtain track, direction, permission to pass the red flag, and a speed through the limits. Also, do not act upon the instructions until verified that the repeat was correct.

Changing Route

A change of route must not take place without the foreman’s permission. Keep in mind the locations of crossovers and turnouts. Also, do not change directions without permission.

Display of Flags

Remember that foreman has an hour window before or after the time listed on the Form B to display the flags. If flags are displayed, contact the foreman and receive permission through the limits as usual. If the flags are displayed and the foreman cannot be contacted, treat it as an unannounced Yellow-Red flag. Comply with 5.4.3. Be prepared to stop short of red flag. This only applies outside of the time limits. 

Stopping Within the Limits

If the Form B goes into affect and you have stopped within the limits prior to the effective time, do not move until getting permission. A practice that I often use when stopped to remind myself is to place my bulletins in front of my computer screen or gauges. Do not lose your situational awareness at crew change locations either. Always look at your bulletins prior to initiating movement. Your train may be sitting within the limits when you board the train. Also, remind the relieving crew when swapping out if your train is within or just prior to Form B limits.  I also leave a note on my control stand to remind the outbound engineer. 

Form B Within PTC Territory 

Upon logging in to the system, verify that Form B’s listed on your bulletins are displayed. If not, the dispatcher must be notified.

The PTC computer will alert you 3 miles from an active Form B. The limits will be indicated on the display by a blue hash box, with a red track line and red hash box protecting the limits. Once permission is granted through the limits, the engineer will confirm this with the system using the soft key. At this time the red track line and red hash box overlay will disappear. If movement stops prior to clearing the limits, the protection will reappear and permission must be granted again and confirmed prior to moving.

It is imperative that the engineer does not press the confirm key before being granted permission through the limits by the employee in charge.


If you have any questions regarding Form B’s or any other rule, feel free to contact me or a local manager.  Dennis Dunn (314) 609-2164  [email protected]

PTC Update

PTC is getting turned on - 8/29

Dupe North 

Salem North 

A&S North 

Villa Grove North 

Not included is the Springfield sub. 

Testing teams are here



   We had a train run through a switch this morning at iron mountIan. With that said there are 13 managers from out of town in the service unit to ensure our rules compliance. 


Be safe 


Unions turn in 310,000 signatures to repeal Missouri right-to-work law

Unions turn in 310,000 signatures to repeal Missouri right-to-work law


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Labor unions had to collect a little more than 100,000 signatures from across Missouri by Aug. 28 if they wanted to put a repeal of right-to-work on the 2018 ballot.

On Friday, they turned in more than 310,000 signatures.

Republicans have sought to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state for decades. In February, they got their wish when Gov. Eric Greitens signed legislation allowing employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying unions for the cost of being represented.

But now the law is in jeopardy, and a yearlong battle that will likely cost millions of dollars is about to commence.

“We’ve come together and put in countless hours gathering signatures from voters at festivals, community events, door-to-door canvasses, parades, you name it,” said Bobby Dicken, an electrician from Butler County. “These folks who’ve signed the petition want their voices to be heard.”

The law’s supporters were quick to dismiss the union-led effort.

“Union bosses are afraid of giving workers the freedom to decide if a union is right for the worker and are intent on maintaining their power to force workers to unionize in Missouri,” said Rep. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican.

The signatures will go out to local county clerks for verification, a process likely to take until November. If it’s determined that there are enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot next year, voters would be faced with a yes or no question. A no vote would repeal the law.

Citizens may call a referendum on a measure approved by the General Assembly and not vetoed by the governor. Although the referendum petition was regularly used in Missouri during the early 20th century, the last time it was used was 1982.

Of the 26 times a referendum has been placed on the ballot, voters have rejected actions by the General Assembly all but twice.

While unions are bankrolling the anti-right-to-work campaign, it’s unclear who is paying for the other side.

Donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars have gone to pro-right-to-work political action committees after being routed through nonprofits to hide the original source of the funding. One of the nonprofits to donate was A New Missouri Inc., which was founded by Greitens’ political team.

Jason Hancock: 573-634-3565@J_Hancock


Negotiations Update


The ongoing national negotiations are still in mediation.  The last report I received from the National President was last week.  The parties are not making much headway since the Carriers are not offering any realistic wage increases but want to make major changes to our work rules we now have in place.  The Carriers are also asking to increase what we pay for medical insurance; including increasing deductibles and co payments. 
Unfortunately, this is all I know about the ongoing negotiations. 

Missouri RTW Law suspended as union turn in petition with 300,000 signatures

The law is suspended as signatures must now be validated.  If over 100,000 signatures are valid, the measure will be put on the November 2018 statewide ballot for the voters to decide.