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88U - Railway Operations Crewmember

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Basic Job Description

Note: This job is available only in selected Army Reserve units. It is not available for active duty.

Railway Operations Crewmembers are primarily responsible for supervising and operating diesel-electric locomotives and related equipment. They also serve as a crewmember or brakeman in the makeup and movement of railway cars/trains.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Interprets train orders. Executed instructions received from signal towers, switches, other trains and trainmen. Signals with fuses, torpedoes, hands, flags, lamps, and engine whistles. Performs car coupling and uncoupling operations. Inspects cars at route stops; adjusts lashing and bracing to assure safe hauling of cargo. Advises dispatcher of arrival and departure times for all passing trains; compiles records of locations of all rolling stock. Performs lubrication orders on railway cars and makes minor running repairs. Seals cars and records seal numbers.

Supervises and provides technical guidance to subordinates performing their duties. Operates the locomotive's controls and safety appliances. Observes interprets, and executes instructions received from signal towers, switches, other trains, and trainmen. Coordinates train movements; complies with operating timetable, rulebook, and other specific instructions. Receives requisitions for empty cars and authorizes movement to locations for loading. Compiles performance and delay reports for each trip and turns in locomotive inspection report showing equipment defects which require corrections.

Training Information

Job training for a railway operations crewmember requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and five weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

ASVAB Score Required: 92 in aptitude area MM

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222232

Other Requirements

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