The report constitutes a detailed study of the job of railroad train dispatcher, conducted to provide a data base for the derivation of job knowledge, skills and training consonant with safe operations. Documentation was reviewed: specialists were consulted, and selected dispatching operations were observed in detail. The report describes the responsibilities and duties of train dispatchers, their workplaces and job aids, the principal functions they perform, and the records they must maintain. Special characteristics of the job, such as workload, stress, inadequacies in aids, and trends toward improvements are discussed, and estimates are made of the physical and psychological attributes, job knowledge and skills basic to safe operations and possible approaches to assurance of safety through selection, placement and training.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Devoe, D V
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 263 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00071965
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D-74-37 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1976 12:00AM