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  1. RichmondCommu

    RichmondCommu Established Member

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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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  3. GB

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    If he is a nice and helpful driver then yes
     
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    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.
     
  6. GB

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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
     
  8. RichmondCommu

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    Where about's is NL?
     
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    It's the depot code for Neville Hill TMD in Leeds.
     
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  11. GB

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    As I say, some drivers at GBRf and DBS (not sure about the others) can and do do their own train prep and brake tests.
     
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