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5.2 Rail Transportation

The activities required to provide rail transportation of passengers and/or cargo using railroad rolling stock.

  • 5.2.1 Types of Rail -- Passenger and Freight
    • Class I
    • Regional
    • Short Line
    • Intercity Passenger Rail and Commuter Rail
  • 5.2.2 Major Components
    • Rolling Stock (the Locomotives, Passenger Coaches, Freight Cars, etc.)
    • Infrastructure (the Roadbed, Tracks, Switches, Stations, Freight Facilities, Viaducts, Tunnels, etc.)
    • Passenger and Freight Operations
    • Maintenance
    • Signaling and Communications
    • Inspection
    • Safety
    • Advanced Train Control Systems
    • Hazardous Materials
  • 5.2.3 Major Workforce Categories
    • Executives, Officials, and Staff Assistants - Positions for the executive and senior management of the firm. Corporate Officers, and other appointed or elected corporate officials.
    • Professionals and Administrative - Positions ranging anywhere from an internal auditor, attorney or secretary, to information technology specialist.
    • Maintenance-of-Way and Structures - Provide quality maintenance to the track, train control (signals and communication) systems, bridges, and buildings.
    • Maintenance of Equipment and Stores - Provide a number of support jobs throughout the railroad with different titles, working in different departments. May work in the yard office, towers, mechanical shops, and other various office locations.
    • Transportation, Train and Engine - Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of trains and the movement of customer freight from one destination to another.
    • Transportation, Other Than Train and Engine - Inspects, repairs, and maintains freight cars and locomotives. This function is also responsible for clearing derailments involving railroad equipment. Mechanical experience, additional training is often required on-the-job.
  • 5.2.4 Key Trends
    • High-Speed Rail
    • Positive Train Control (PTC)
    • Green Rail Initiatives