B.L.E.T. 622 Brothers and Sisters,
Attached you’ll find the waiver for mega trains. Pay close attention to sections 4 and 10. These would be the most common violations for the mega train waiver. These sections should be highlighted in the attachment.
4. The record of inspection required by 49 CFR § 232.205(e) must be maintained in the cab of the controlling locomotive. The record of both trains must be maintained in the cab of the controlling locomotive of the combined train; however, upon separation, the original record must be restored and maintained in the controlling cab of each individual train.
10. The mechanical department personnel responsible for inspections and tests, as well as train crewmembers operating trains under this waiver, must be notified in writing regarding the conditions of this waiver. As required under 49 CFR § 232.213, these inspections and tests (except for Class III tests) must be performed by QMIs trained, qualified, and designated in compliance with 49 CFR § 232.203, Training requirements, and 49 CFR § 215.11, Designated inspectors.
Please read and review to verify that any mega train you are on is meeting the criteria for the waiver.
Remember. When two crews are combining or separating mega trains, the crews have to work together as both trains fall under the category of equipment you are called to operate.
If your work order did not specify that you were to be building or disassembling a mega train, make sure you turn that information into our Legislative Representative using the FRA link on the website.
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