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Title:Bring Back the Fireman! An Assistant in the Train Cab is Good Safety Practice
Authors:Bill Thoms
Publication Date:May 2015
Report #:SP-180
TRID #:01567432
Keywords:history, labor law, locomotive engineers, railroad safety, railroads, train crews
Type:Research Report – Staff Papers

 

Abstract

This paper outlines historical circumstances, changes to labor law and negotiations between unions and railroads that have led to reductions in train crews. The author suggests that, in the wake of a fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, Amtrak and commuter passenger authorities should err on the side of safety and place an assistant in locomotive cabs along with the engineer.

How to Cite

Thoms, Bill. Bring Back the Fireman! An Assistant in the Train Cab is Good Safety Practice, SP-180. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2015.

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