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Railroad terminology

Unread postby Captain Glen » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:13 pm

I have been through dozens of railroad terminology dictionaries and glossaries and am comfortable with most terms but one keeps me baffled: the term movement. It always seems to be used in reference to control points such as switches or signals and special maneuvers such as backing, coupling or sawback passing. It never seems to be used for the general motion of a train especially on a main line track. Can anyone clear up my confusion?
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Re: Railroad terminology

Unread postby trnwatcher » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:40 pm

I'VE HEARD IT USED IN REGARDS TO ENTIRE TRAINS OR CONSISTS. HIGH/WIDE LOADS ARE USUALLY REFERRED TO AS MOVEMENTS. SAME WITH BULK COMMODITY TRAINS. USED TO HEAR CONRAIL DISPATCHERS REFER TO POWER MOVEMENTS FROM ONE TERMINAL TO ANOTHER TO GET LOCOMOTIVES TO WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED. IT PROBABLY ALSO VARIES FROM RR TO RR. THEY EACH HAVE THEIR OWN CORPORATE LINGO.
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Re: Railroad terminology

Unread postby Atkinson_Railroad » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:48 pm

The Sixth Edition of The Car and Locomotive Cyclopedia of American Practice published in 1997 does mention a "Conflicting Movement".

There are no entries related to "movement" in earlier editions of Simmons-Boardman cyclopedias.

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Re: Railroad terminology

Unread postby SousaKerry » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:15 am

Most movements on a railroad take place in the short hood... :lol:
What smells like lube oil and diesel.... Oh wait it's just my "Locomotive Breath"
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Re: Railroad terminology

Unread postby PatAzo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:47 am

Movement is not a term exclusive to railroads. It's a noun meaning the act of moving from one place to another.
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Re: Railroad terminology

Unread postby SousaKerry » Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:49 pm

SousaKerry wrote:Most movements on a railroad take place in the short hood... :lol:



Awe come on not even a snicker that was comedy gold right there..

For the slow learners at the back, the short hood is where the toilet is typically located in a locomotive.
What smells like lube oil and diesel.... Oh wait it's just my "Locomotive Breath"
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Re: Railroad terminology

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:05 pm

You have to admit, as jokes go, that one is kind of a stinker. :mrgreen:
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