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Railroadman
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Dispatchers
 
« on: Nov 27th, 2004, 7:47pm »
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I'm sure you Railroaders out there know what I'm talking about here.
Have you ever noticed that different dispatchers have different "styles".?
I know there is a dispatcher that works the NS Princeton Deepwater
district named Randy that me and a few people I know that work for the
RR agree is one of the BEST dispatchers out there. Also sometimes
it seems like it takes for ever for them to answer someone calling
them on the radio.


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The best locomotives D9-40CW, AC4400,
and SD70MAC. Maby you can beat the train...
Maby you are dead wrong Lets add Amtrak
to the list of favorite RR'S too.!!

Ham Radio call sign KC8ZFW

The Best Horn K5LA.!!

The Best Signal C&O Cantilever.!!

NS Pokey Dispatrcher to the 233 over.
BNSF_1088
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #1 on: Nov 29th, 2004, 5:38pm »
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on Nov 27th, 2004, 7:47pm, Railroadman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I'm sure you Railroaders out there know what I'm talking about here.
Have you ever noticed that different dispatchers have different "styles".?
I know there is a dispatcher that works the NS Princeton Deepwater
district named Randy that me and a few people I know that work for the
RR agree is one of the BEST dispatchers out there. Also sometimes
it seems like it takes for ever for them to answer someone calling
them on the radio.

yea i have my favs and the ones that need some help still


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Railroadman
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #2 on: Nov 29th, 2004, 5:49pm »
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Hey Matt.. Where are your dispatchers? FT Worth?

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The best locomotives D9-40CW, AC4400,
and SD70MAC. Maby you can beat the train...
Maby you are dead wrong Lets add Amtrak
to the list of favorite RR'S too.!!

Ham Radio call sign KC8ZFW

The Best Horn K5LA.!!

The Best Signal C&O Cantilever.!!

NS Pokey Dispatrcher to the 233 over.
BNSF_1088
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #3 on: Nov 29th, 2004, 5:59pm »
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on Nov 29th, 2004, 5:49pm, Railroadman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey Matt.. Where are your dispatchers? FT Worth?

Spring TX


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Hemi_Harvester
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #4 on: Jan 8th, 2005, 6:35pm »
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on Nov 29th, 2004, 5:59pm, BNSF_1088 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Spring TX

 
To be a good DISPATCHER you must remove your brain before each shift. To be GREAT you must also take a lot of "SMOKE" breaks.


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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #5 on: Jan 8th, 2005, 10:07pm »
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on Jan 8th, 2005, 6:35pm, Hemi_Harvester wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
To be a good DISPATCHER you must remove your brain before each shift. To be GREAT you must also take a lot of "SMOKE" breaks.

 
hahaha... yeh man i know what u mean... but my all time favorite is when i am asked what the best move would be and then he does the EXCACT opp. of what i suggested which more often than not the hard way....


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Railroadman
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #6 on: Jan 8th, 2005, 10:41pm »
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So what your're saying is that it can get quite stressful in the dispatch office right?
I would think that would depend what Sub or Division you worked and the amount
of traffic.


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The best locomotives D9-40CW, AC4400,
and SD70MAC. Maby you can beat the train...
Maby you are dead wrong Lets add Amtrak
to the list of favorite RR'S too.!!

Ham Radio call sign KC8ZFW

The Best Horn K5LA.!!

The Best Signal C&O Cantilever.!!

NS Pokey Dispatrcher to the 233 over.
Fred
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #7 on: Jan 9th, 2005, 7:25pm »
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There aren't many more jobs more stressful than that of a train dispatcher.  Many years ago when I lived in Ann Arbor the fellow living above my apartment & I became friends, he was an air traffic controller at Detroit Metro and I was a train dispatcher for Penn Central so we always kidded each other on which of us had the more stressful job ( I claimed mine simply because above everything else, I didn't know if the bank was going to cash my paycheck!!) Anyhow the    local paper did a study comparing the stress of a train dispr and the stress of an air traffic controller and the study revealed the train dispr's job WAS MORE STRESSFUL ! Now I don't know what airports or railroads they studied but I do know my friend didn't talk to me for a week!!
     Speaking from experience (1968-198 I can tell you that a train dispr's job is no picnic. Dealing with  12 operators, 5 yardmasters, 6 different railroads and a ton of trains constantly leaves little time to go to the bathroom let alone grab something to eat. Between 2 or more radios, intercoms and the telephone you are constantly talking to somebody. While you're on one someone is calling you on another wondering why the hell you won't answer HIM! I got ulcers 3 years (age 23) after starting dispatching. If you ever get the chance to "sit in" at a dispr's office, TAKE IT, you'll be amazed on what he goes thru!


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zwsplac
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #8 on: Jan 9th, 2005, 11:11pm »
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Becoming a dispatcher is a career I've always been interested in, and I would jump at the chance to become one in the future. Thing is, I get really stressed out just by playing Train Dispatcher on my computer! With a job as stressful as it isk, it's no wonder dispatchers sometimes make crazy errors.

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The_S.P._Caboose
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 14th, 2005, 10:23am »
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Different "styles" is a good way of saying it.  There's one dispatcher on the Union Pacific who sings his orders over the radio.  Kind of a colorful gentleman.  I've heard him on the coastline.

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Railroadman
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 15th, 2005, 9:58pm »
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There is a dispatcher for CSX that works the CJ desk that controles the
Ohio River and Pomery Subs. His initials are EMT but he goes by Mike.
I've heard him when I go to see my grandparents because they live very close
to the Ohio River Sub. He's a really good dispatcher and every time you
hear him he sounds so happy.


« Last Edit: Feb 15th, 2005, 10:01pm by Railroadman » Logged

The best locomotives D9-40CW, AC4400,
and SD70MAC. Maby you can beat the train...
Maby you are dead wrong Lets add Amtrak
to the list of favorite RR'S too.!!

Ham Radio call sign KC8ZFW

The Best Horn K5LA.!!

The Best Signal C&O Cantilever.!!

NS Pokey Dispatrcher to the 233 over.
fragraf
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #11 on: Feb 17th, 2005, 12:55am »
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on Nov 27th, 2004, 7:47pm, Railroadman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Also sometimes
it seems like it takes for ever for them to answer someone calling
them on the radio.

 
 
At the dispatch center in Ft. Wayne (NS), when a dispatcher is "toned," an indication appears on his screen.  He/She takes them in order.  The screens I seen while touring there, all had about a dozen calls stacked.  It seems like a job that is stressful and w/o room for error.  I think it is a hard way to earn a living


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« Reply #12 on: Mar 14th, 2005, 11:48pm »
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Our dispatchers rarely dispatch trains anymore.  They let CAD do the dispatching, and it sucks.  We are not a fan of dispatchers while we are on duty.

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« Reply #13 on: Mar 16th, 2005, 9:44am »
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What's a CAD?? Is that where the computer does the dispatching?

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The best locomotives D9-40CW, AC4400,
and SD70MAC. Maby you can beat the train...
Maby you are dead wrong Lets add Amtrak
to the list of favorite RR'S too.!!

Ham Radio call sign KC8ZFW

The Best Horn K5LA.!!

The Best Signal C&O Cantilever.!!

NS Pokey Dispatrcher to the 233 over.
The_S.P._Caboose
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 16th, 2005, 10:53am »
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I was wondering the same thing myself.  I also wondered if it was some form of Automatic Block System?  I knew Southern Pacific had a form of ABS where the signals lite up if there was train presence.

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big_hack
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« Reply #15 on: Mar 16th, 2005, 9:16pm »
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on Mar 16th, 2005, 9:44am, Railroadman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
What's a CAD?? Is that where the computer does the dispatching?

Computer Aided Dispatching.


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Railroadman
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« Reply #16 on: Mar 18th, 2005, 9:08am »
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Sounds like UP needs to take some lessons from NS. We have some very good
NS Dispatchers around here that are actually people and not a computer,
but I know that computers help them with their work in controling signals,
switchs,etc.


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The best locomotives D9-40CW, AC4400,
and SD70MAC. Maby you can beat the train...
Maby you are dead wrong Lets add Amtrak
to the list of favorite RR'S too.!!

Ham Radio call sign KC8ZFW

The Best Horn K5LA.!!

The Best Signal C&O Cantilever.!!

NS Pokey Dispatrcher to the 233 over.
prostock19
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Re: Dispatchers
 
« Reply #17 on: May 7th, 2005, 12:19am »
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Do you feel that train dispatching is easier, harder, or about the same as police dispatching
 
I applied for CSX dispatcher out in Indy, and waiting to hear back.


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ek2179
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« Reply #18 on: May 8th, 2005, 12:09am »
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I retired from dispatching before CAD came around, but I had several years dispatching train order territories, both signalled and dark; track warrant territories, both signalled and dark; and  CTC, both single and double track.
 
I hear all the same old controversies - train guys versus dispatchers.  I knew very few train guys who had an idea about what was going on around him; some did, most didn't.  When a train guy asked me to make a move, I had to consider not only the effect on HIS train, but whether it was going to affect several other trains down the line.  But if my analysis - and I had to make it quickly - told me that it was a bad move, then he thought I was doing it to spite him.  It wasn't personal, guys, but sometimes you forget you're not the only train out there.  
 
Now, I know I'll get 97 reactions from train guys who will swear on a stack of Bibles as high as a - well, you name it - that they always had only the good of the entire operation in mind.  But none of you are ever in position to even see the entire operation.  But your friendly dispatcher is in that position, and he has to consider all of it.
 
As far as answering the radio is concerned, I won't try to convince you that every time I'd hear a certain conductor or engineer call in I'd say (before pushing down the pedal, of course) "now what does that d**n wooden-axle pain in the a** want now?"
 
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!
 
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« Reply #19 on: May 8th, 2005, 4:14am »
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on May 7th, 2005, 12:19am, prostock19 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Do you feel that train dispatching is easier, harder, or about the same as police dispatching

 
I would feel that at the title "dispatcher" the similarity ends.  G


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