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Anything, Anytime, Anywhere

January 31, 2010

General Code of Operating Rules – 1.20 Alert to Train Movement
Employees must expect the movement of trains, engines, cars, or other movable equipment at any time, on any track, and in either direction.

That’s verbatim from the railroad rulebook. A corollary to this rule could be:

You must expect motive power from any railroad to be used on any train at any location.

Ferromex 4612 awaiting a fresh crew at MP 5 of UP's Strang sub in Houston, Texas on July 22, 2007.

Pooled motive power is not unusual. It’s been common to see CSX and NS (and their predecessor roads) power on trains in the Houston area, especially on trains arriving from New OrlĂ©ans.
What seems to have changed over the last 5 years or so is the scope of pooled motive power. Locomotives from any railroad in North America can be seen, well, anywhere in North America.

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