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(5) Monitor the train's operation at all times.
(6) Control and care for all equipment under his supervision such as railcars,
radios, and supplies.
(7) When conditions permit observe the condition of the train while underway, looking
back (if on the locomotive) or forward (if on the rear of the train) frequently, especially while
rounding curves. The conductor will ensure that all other crewmembers also inspect the train as
conditions permit.
(8) Observe the condition of the right of way being on a constant lookout for track
defects, switches not properly lined, derails, and other obstructions or equipment that may be
fouling the track.
(9) Conduct all required inspections of the train, record deficiencies/defects on the
prescribed form and promptly report to the supervisor.
(10) Report to the railroad dispatcher the nature and extent of any incident or
condition which prevents assignments and train movement orders from being carried out and
request clarification of orders before proceeding.
c. Braker/Switcher. The duties of a braker/switcher will include:
(1) Observe all rules and practices in this manual, especially Section 3, and local
directives applicable to the job function of a braker/switcher.
(2) Complete duties as assigned by the conductor or the engineer in the absence of the
conductor.
(3) Position switches as required and return them to proper position after use.
(4) Give hand, flag, or lamp signals as required, using required safety equipment.
(5) Couple and uncouple railcars as required.
(6) Set and release hand brakes and chock wheels as required.
(7) When conditions permit, observe the condition of the train while underway,
looking back (if on the locomotive) or forward (if on the rear of the train) frequently, especially
while rounding curves.
(8) Observe the condition of the right of way being on a constant lookout for track
defects, switches not properly lined, derails, and other obstructions or equipment that may be
fouling the track.
(9) Assist the conductor in performing all required inspections of railcars and promptly
report any defects/deficiencies to the conductor.
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