Locomotive Engineer Trainee Rulebook & Signal Test Prep Quiz

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Which type of block is established between block limit signals or controlled signals and does not allow any train to enter while it is occupied by another train or equipment?

Absolute Block

What is the name given to a length of track with defined limits, the use of which is governed by block limit signals, cab signals, or Form M?

Block

In Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) territory, what is the name given to the block or series of consecutive blocks between successive controlled signals?

Controlled Block

What is the name given to a length of main track between two successive block limit signals?

Manual Block

What is the responsibility of Locomotive Engineer Trainees in relation to the test preparation guide?

To study and learn the material

Which equipment on an engine or cab car receives and displays cab signals and controls the speed of the train in accordance with that signal?

Cab signal unit

What is the maximum authorized speed outside of interlocking limits?

59 MPH

What does the Terminal Approach signal indicate?

Proceed approaching the next signal

What does the Working Limits Stop Sign indicate?

Stop. Then proceed at Medium Speed unless a lower speed is directed.

What does the Diverting Approach Sign indicate?

Proceed prepared to stop

What does the End of Block Sign indicate?

End Manual Block System rules

What does the Block Limit indicate?

Do not pass unless authorized

What does the Terminal Restricting signal indicate?

Proceed at restricted speed

What does the Approach Sign indicate?

Proceed prepared to stop

Which document contains temporary items affecting the movement of trains and remains in effect until fulfilled or cancelled?

Employee Special Instructions Bulletin Order

What does the Daily Train Operations Bulletin Order (DTOBO) contain?

Working Limits Stop Sign locations

Which document contains instructions that do not affect the movement or operation of trains?

General Notice

Which document contains permanent changes in Operating Rules, the Special Instructions, or other Operating Manuals?

General Order

Which document contains items of an advisory, explanatory, and/or cautionary nature related to Operating Rules, the Special Instructions, and other instructions?

Operations Notice

What is the purpose of an Inaccessible Track?

To physically prevent the entry and movement of trains and equipment

What is the purpose of a Yard Track?

To make up trains, store cars, and perform other purposes

Which one of these is a definition of a freight train?

A train that is not designated by operating schedule or bulletin order

What is the definition of a light engine?

An engine consisting of one or more units without cars

What is the definition of M-series equipment?

MU passenger cars of the M-3, M-7, or M-8 series

What is the definition of an interlocking appliance?

A movable apparatus within an interlocking that either allows or prevents movements over designated routes

What is the definition of a controlled signal?

A fixed signal capable of displaying a Stop indication that is controlled by the Rail Traffic Controller

What is the definition of a limited speed?

Not exceeding 45 MPH for passenger trains, and not exceeding 25 MPH for other trains

What is the definition of a controlled point?

A station where signals are remotely controlled from the Operations Control Center

Which document contains line and system special instructions that affect the movement of trains and equipment?

EMPLOYEE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS BULLETIN ORDER (BO)

What is the name given to a track under the control of an RTC?

Controlled Track

What is the method of establishing working limits on a non-controlled track by physically preventing the entry and movement of trains and equipment?

Inaccessible Track

What is a track designated in the Special Instructions where movements are authorized and controlled by a block signal system or interlocking rules?

Main Track

What is the name given to a track not under the control of an RTC?

Non-Controlled Track

What is the name given to a segment of track within defined limits upon which trains may operate only as authorized by the designated employee-in-charge?

Working Limits

What is an area consisting of one or more yard tracks, designated in the Special Instructions, under the control of a Yardmaster or other specified employee?

Yard

Which one of these is the definition of a passenger train?

A train consisting of multiple-unit cars.

What is the purpose of an interlocking appliance?

To allow or prevent movements over designated routes.

What is the definition of a controlled signal?

A fixed signal capable of displaying a Stop indication that is controlled by the Rail Traffic Controller.

What is the maximum authorized speed for passenger trains?

45 MPH

What is the definition of a controlled point?

A place where signals are remotely controlled from the Operations Control Center.

What is the purpose of a derail?

To affix a non-interlocked device to the rail to ensure safety.

What is the definition of a freight train?

A train that is not a passenger train.

Which of the following is the definition of a controlled block?

The block, or series of consecutive blocks, between successive controlled signals in Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) territory.

What is the definition of a manual block?

A length of main track between two successive block limit signals.

What is the definition of a block?

A length of track of defined limits, the use of which is governed by block limit signals, cab signals, or Form M.

When is the information contained in the test preparation guide assessed during the re-certification process for Locomotive Engineers?

During the three year re-certification process.

Which one of these is the definition of the Train Control Apparatus?

The equipment on an engine or cab car that receives and displays cab signals and controls the speed of the train

What does the Absolute Block Signal indicate?

Proceed at Slow Speed within interlocking limits; Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) not exceeding 59 MPH outside of interlocking limits, approach the next interlocking signal prepared to stop

What does the Terminal Proceed signal indicate?

Proceed approaching the next signal prepared to stop

What does the Approach Sign indicate?

Proceed prepared to stop at the Working Limits Stop Sign; trains exceeding Medium Speed must immediately begin reduction to that speed

What does the Diverting Approach Sign indicate?

Proceed prepared to stop at the Working Limits Stop Sign; trains exceeding Medium Speed must immediately begin reduction to that speed

What does the Working Limits Stop Sign indicate?

Stop

What does the End of Block Sign indicate?

End Manual Block System rules; entering non-controlled track

What does the Block Limit indicate?

Do not pass unless authorized to do so

What is the maximum authorized speed outside of interlocking limits?

59 MPH

Which document contains instructions that do not affect the movement or operation of trains?

GENERAL NOTICE (GN)

What is the name given to a track used for making up trains, storing cars, and other purposes, where movements must operate at Restricted Speed not exceeding 10 MPH?

Yard Track

What is the device that detects the frequency of the engineer's movements and initiates a penalty brake application when the required frequency of such movement is not maintained or acknowledged?

Train Control Alerter

What is the method of operation, on tracks designated in the Special Instructions, where movements are authorized and governed by interlocking signals, cab signals, instructions issued by the RTC, or a combination of the above?

Centralized Traffic Control (CTC)

What is the type of ATC system, found primarily on freight locomotives, that initiates a penalty brake application if the engineer fails to reduce speed in accordance with a defined braking profile?

Locomotive Speed Limiter (LSL)

What is the name given to a track under the control of an RTC?

Controlled Track

What is the name given to a method of establishing working limits on a non-controlled track by physically preventing the entry and movement of trains and equipment?

Inaccessible Track

Which one of these is the definition of a light engine?

An engine consisting of one or more units without cars

What is the maximum authorized speed for passenger trains under limited speed?

30 MPH

What is the definition of an interlocking appliance?

A movable apparatus within an interlocking that either allows or prevents movements over designated routes

What is the definition of a freight train?

Any train that is not a passenger train

What is the definition of an extra train?

A train not designated by operating schedule or bulletin order

What is the definition of an interlocking limit?

The tracks between the extreme opposing signals of an interlocking

What is the definition of a controlled signal?

A fixed signal capable of displaying a Stop indication that is controlled by the Rail Traffic Controller (RTC)

Which one of these is the definition of a controlled block?

A block established between block limit signals or controlled signals in which no train is permitted to enter while it is occupied by another train or equipment.

What is the definition of a manual block?

A length of main track between two successive block limit signals.

What is the definition of a block?

A length of track of defined limits, the use of which is governed by block limit signals, cab signals, or Form M.

What is the definition of a controlled point?

The block, or series of consecutive blocks, between successive controlled signals in Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) territory.

What is the purpose of the Metro-North rules qualification requirement?

To assess the knowledge of Locomotive Engineer Trainees on rulebook definitions and signal aspects and indications during the annual qualification requirement.

What does the upcoming Locomotive Engineer Trainee exam assess?

The knowledge of Locomotive Engineer Trainees on rulebook definitions and signal aspects and indications.

When is the information contained in the test preparation guide assessed during the re-certification process for Locomotive Engineers?

During the three year re-certification process.

Which one of these is the definition of a cab signal unit?

The equipment on an engine or cab car that receives and displays cab signals and controls the speed of the train in accordance with that signal.

Which one of these is the definition of an aspect display unit?

The equipment on an engine or cab car that receives and displays cab signals and controls the speed of the train in accordance with that signal.

Which one of these is the definition of an automatic train control?

A system that automatically controls the speed and movement of trains to maintain safe operations.

Which one of these is the definition of an automatic train stop?

A system that automatically applies the brakes on a train to bring it to a stop if it exceeds a specified speed limit.

What does the Terminal Restricting signal indicate?

A signal aspect that indicates a train should proceed at restricted speed.

What does the Approach Sign indicate?

A signal aspect that indicates a train is approaching a terminal and should be prepared to stop at the next signal.

What does the Working Limits Stop Sign indicate?

A sign that indicates the working limits where trains must stop and receive permission to pass.

What does the Diverting Approach Sign indicate?

A sign that indicates the working limits where trains must stop and receive permission to pass.

What does the Block Limit indicate?

A sign that indicates the end of a block and the start of a non-controlled track.

Match the following terms with their definitions from the Locomotive Engineer Trainee Rulebook:

Absolute Block = A block established between block limit signals or controlled signals in which no train is permitted to enter while it is occupied by another train or equipment Controlled Block = The block, or series of consecutive blocks, between successive controlled signals in Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) territory Manual Block = A length of main track between two successive block limit signals Block = A length of track of defined limits, the use of which is governed by block limit signals, cab signals, or Form M

Match the following terms with their definitions from the Locomotive Engineer Trainee Rulebook:

Block Limit = The farthest point in a block that a train is permitted to proceed, as indicated by a block limit sign Controlled Point = A location at which one or more main tracks are governed by block signals, cab signals, or both Working Limits Stop Sign = A sign placed at the beginning of working limits to give notice to employees that they are entering an area in which certain rules or special instructions must be complied with Terminal Restricting Signal = A signal restricting train movements within defined limits

Match the following terms with their definitions from the Locomotive Engineer Trainee Rulebook:

Automatic Train Control = A device that detects the frequency of the engineer's movements and initiates a penalty brake application when the required frequency of such movement is not maintained or acknowledged Cab Signal Unit = Equipment on an engine or cab car that receives and displays cab signals and controls the speed of the train in accordance with that signal Diverting Approach Sign = A sign indicating to the engineer that the route is set for a diverging movement End of Block Sign = A sign located at the end of a block to indicate the end of the block

Match the following railroad terms with their definitions:

Deadhead Train = A passenger train on which no revenue passengers are carried Engine = A unit, other than a track car, propelled by any form of energy, or a combination of such units operated from a single control, used in train or yard service Freight Train = Any train that is not a passenger train Light Engine = An engine consisting of one or more units without cars

Match the following interlocking terms with their definitions:

Interlocking = An arrangement of signals and appliances so interconnected that their movements must succeed each other in proper sequence and for which interlocking rules are in effect Interlocking Limits = The tracks between the extreme opposing signals of an interlocking Interlocking Appliance = A movable apparatus within an interlocking that either allows or prevents movements over designated routes Interlocking Blocking Device Removed (BDR) Code = A computer generated, unique, random number transmitted from the Operations Control Center (OCC) to a Roadway Worker-in-Charge (RWIC) before fouling a track or beginning work where CTC or Interlocking Rules apply

Match the following signal types with their definitions:

Block Limit Signal = A fixed signal indicating the limit of a block under Manual Block System (MBS) rules Cab Signal = A signal located in the engine control compartment indicating a permissible speed Controlled Signal = A fixed signal capable of displaying a Stop indication that is controlled by the Rail Traffic Controller (RTC) Distant Signal = A fixed signal used to govern the approach to an interlocking signal

Match the following speed types with their maximum values:

Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) = Varies based on the Operating Rules and Special Instructions Limited Speed = 45 MPH for passenger trains, and 25 MPH for other trains Medium Speed = 30 MPH for passenger trains, and 15 MPH for other trains Slow Speed = 15 MPH

Match the following signal names with their indications:

Terminal Proceed = Proceed approaching the next signal prepared to stop Terminal Restricting = Proceed at Restricted Speed Approach Sign = Proceed prepared to stop at the Working Limits Stop Sign; trains exceeding Medium Speed must immediately begin reduction to that speed Diverting Approach Sign = Unless it is determined that a train will not be diverted onto affected track(s), proceed prepared to stop at the Working Limits Stop Sign; trains exceeding Medium Speed must immediately begin reduction to that speed

Match the following signal names with their definitions:

End of Block Sign = End Manual Block System rules; entering non-controlled track Working Limits Stop Sign = Stop. Then, after receiving permission from the employee in charge to pass the Working Limits Stop Sign, trains will operate at Medium Speed unless a lower speed is directed Block Limit = Do not pass unless authorized to do so. For Temporary Block Limits, the station name may be omitted Approach Speed Limit Sign = Proceed not exceeding speed shown on Approach Speed Limit Sign or Diverting Approach Speed Limit Sign until the entire train has passed the Resume Speed Sign

Match the following definitions with their signal names:

Proceed approaching the next signal prepared to stop = Terminal Proceed Proceed at Restricted Speed = Terminal Restricting Proceed prepared to stop at the Working Limits Stop Sign; trains exceeding Medium Speed must immediately begin reduction to that speed = Approach Sign Unless it is determined that a train will not be diverted onto affected track(s), proceed prepared to stop at the Working Limits Stop Sign; trains exceeding Medium Speed must immediately begin reduction to that speed = Diverting Approach Sign

Match the following definitions with their corresponding signs or signals:

End Manual Block System rules; entering non-controlled track = End of Block Sign Stop. Then, after receiving permission from the employee in charge to pass the Working Limits Stop Sign, trains will operate at Medium Speed unless a lower speed is directed = Working Limits Stop Sign Do not pass unless authorized to do so. For Temporary Block Limits, the station name may be omitted = Block Limit Proceed not exceeding speed shown on Approach Speed Limit Sign or Diverting Approach Speed Limit Sign until the entire train has passed the Resume Speed Sign = Approach Speed Limit Sign

Match the following railroad terms with their definitions:

Yard = An area consisting of one or more yard tracks, designated in the Special Instructions, under the control of a Yardmaster or other specified employee. Control Console = The apparatus by which the RTC controls switches, signals, and direction of traffic in CTC territory, and which displays track status and occupancy. Working Limits = A segment of track within defined limits upon which trains may operate only as authorized by the designated employee-in-charge. Automatic Train Stop (ATS) = A system that initiates a penalty brake application if the engineer fails to acknowledge a more restrictive cab signal indication.

Match the following railroad systems with their descriptions:

Automatic Train Control (ATC) = A system that initiates a penalty brake application if the engineer fails to reduce speed in compliance with cab signal indications. Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) = A method of operation, on tracks designated in the Special Instructions, where movements are authorized and governed by interlocking signals, cab signals, instructions issued by the RTC, or a combination of the above. Manual Block System (MBS) = A method of operation, on tracks designated in the Special Instructions, where movements are authorized and manually controlled by the RTC and governed by block limit signals and instructions issued on Form M. Locomotive Speed Limiter (LSL) = A type of ATC system, found primarily on freight locomotives, that initiates a penalty brake application if the engineer fails to reduce speed in accordance with a defined braking profile.

Match the following railroad orders with their definitions:

General Notice (GN) = Notice issued by authority of the Chief Transportation Officer that contains instructions that do not affect the movement or operation of trains. General Order (GO) = Order issued by authority of the Senior Vice President – Operations that contains permanent changes in Operating Rules, the Special Instructions, or other Operating Manuals. Operations Notice (ON) = Notice issued by authority of the Senior Vice President Operations that contains items of an advisory, explanatory, and/or cautionary nature related to Operating Rules, the Special Instructions, and other instructions. Summary Bulletin Order (SBO) = Order issued by authority of the Senior Vice President – Operations that contains all information remaining in effect from previously issued Bulletin Orders (except DTOBOs).

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