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RichmondCommu

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G'day,

Just a quick question, when shunting at remote locations which only see a few trains a week does the driver of the train couple / uncouple when marshalling his train?

Just wondering!

Thanks in advance,

Richmond Commuter
 
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Freightmaster

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If he is a nice and helpful driver then yes
LOL! :lol:

Very few locations other than major yards/terminals have full time groundstaff
on duty these days, so in many cases, a 'man in a van' will turn up at the
remote siding/freight terminal to assist with the shunting, unless the FOC
has negotiated a deal with the traincrew to do their own shunting...


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The "travelling shunter" concept , has been around since the 1960's - goes under various names and so on - but a driver working solo cannot do a full functional brake test and train examination on his own on a freight consist.

Can travel either by train , or by road - depending on traffic circumstances.
 

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Sadly more and more ground staff responsibilities are being transfered to the drivers grade. Where I am some drivers at some locations can do their own train prep and own (full) brake tests and I know that has been the same with DBS for quite a while.

Not a big deal at the moment as us ground staff have lots of booked work but it is the thin end of the wedge.

About the only thing a driver can't do on his own is the actual shunting/marshaling of the train as the process needs a second pair of eyes "at the back" of a propelling movement to make sure everything is safe....this doesn't necessarily need to be an employee in the same company though.
 

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Up at NL we assist the DBS guys with shunting as the shunter can be hit and miss if his job before hand is running late
 
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