Denny D’s Did You Know - FUEL CONSERVATION

There have been a few questions raised about recent fuel conservation rule changes.

 

Fuel Conservation Speed

 

Fuel Conservation Speed was recently reintroduced in the latest System General Orders. This time there are a few differences to the rule than before. Air Brake and Train Handling Rule 31.8.7 D outlines FCS. There are three key components remember. 

 

First of all, it is only FCS 50 this time. No FCS 40 for coal trains like before. 

 

Second, it is Notch 6 this time instead of Notch 5. This means that you cannot be above Notch 6 on the throttle if your speed is over 50 MPH. This does not mean that you can stay in Notch 8 until you hit 60 MPH, and then back off to 6. You can still go to notch 8 to get up to 50 MPH, but once you are above 50 MPH you must be in Notch 6 or below.

 

Finally, there are a few exemptions added to the rule as well. Passenger trains, UPS trains, and trains operating with PTC-Integrated EMS. As a reminder, if you are using PTC and EMS is not integrated into your PTC screen, do not use it if it is in the engineer’s control screen. 

 

Superintendent Bulletin Fuel Conservation Change

 

SPRINGFIELD

PANA

VILLA GROVE

CHESTER

MT. VERNON

PINCKNEYVILLE

SPARTA

JEFFERSON CITY- FROM MP 19 TO MP 125.5

SEDALIA- FROM MP 140 TO KANSAS CITY

 

St. Louis Superintendent Bulletin 52 - Train Handling and Switching reintroduced the Notch 3 DPU requirement. There are two important parts to remember with this change. First of all, this applies only to EMPTY COAL TRAINS operating WITHOUT energy management, and only on specific subdivisions. Simply, the DPU cannot go above throttle 3. Also if you have less than 2,000 gallons you can disregard this requirement. However, you must report it to the dispatcher.

 

 The second part of the change is for those operating out of Jefferson City. The Kansas City crews are required to isolate the second unit on loaded coal trains eastbound on River Sub. When swapping out at Jefferson City, be sure to go back and put it back on-line before departing.