What does a Locomotive Firer do?
Monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard.
- Monitor oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboards to determine if engines are operating safely and efficiently.
- Monitor trains as they go around curves to detect dragging equipment and smoking journal boxes.
- Observe tracks from left sides of locomotives to detect obstructions on tracks.
- Observe train signals along routes and verify their meanings for engineers.
- Receive signals from workers in rear of train and relay that information to engineers.
- Signal other workers to set brakes and to throw track switches when switching cars from trains to way stations.
- Check to see that trains are equipped with supplies such as fuel, water, and sand.
- Inspect locomotives to detect damaged or worn parts.
- Operate locomotives in emergency situations.
- Start diesel engines to warm engines before runs.