KANSAS RAILROAD TERMS
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Association of American Railroads
American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials
No activities from the railroad, it is deserted. Railroad track, ties and ballast are sometimes removed.
Any issues associated with the train line or air brake system, including leaking gasket, frozen or blocked train line or stuck triple valve.
Amtrak is a rail passenger train.
Short pieces of steel used to join track sections to other sections or track structures. An angle bar is placed on each side of the sections being joined. Two holes are drilled into each end of the angle bar and also through both track sections. Four bolts with locking washers are fastened through the holes to join the sections. Angle bars also are used to make temporary repairs to a broken section of rail until it can be replaced.
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
A railcar with a mechanical defect.
Crushed rock or gravel used in railroad beds to give the railcars stability.
Behind "X" Trims
Trims are sorted tracks of cars in a hump yard pulled out of the sorting tracks and coupled to make up outbound trains. A yard "behind on trims" is behind on its outbound train building.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
A secondary line or lines of a railroad.
Blue Rapids Railroad
B H & W
Boothill and Western Railroad Company, Inc.
Assembling sorted cars in proper sequence for outbound departure.
Train made up of a single "bulk" commodity (other than coal) and car type. Bulk commodities include grain, soda ash and ore.
Car Hire Allowance
A charge issued by the owner of a railcar.
Car Set Out
Bad order in a train that has a mechanical defect and must be "set out" on line for repair by mechanical road truck.
Central Kansas Railway
Cimarron Valley Railway
Crews are Tight
Sufficient crews are available, but rest issues may cause delays to calls.
Not enough crews are available to protect scheduled outbounds and any deadheads/dogcatch events.
Crossties or Ties
The Crossties rest in a bed of gravel ballast
and support the railroad tracks placed on top. Crossties are made
of wood or concrete.
Track that joins two main tracks. When a train moves from one main track to another it "crosses over."
When track signals (Centralized Traffic Control) are disabled and do not allow signals to be displayed for trains.
A time period scheduled in advance when no trains operate, allowing maintenance employees to work in track or signals.
A date nail is a nail with the year stamped on the head of the nail and then put in the tie when replaced on the
The movement for free of a crew from one point to another or to a train being hauled by vehicle transportation or by train.
A train that has run off of the rails because of debris or pull apart.
Track intersection where one track can be used at a time.
Stands for Distributed Power Unit, a locomotive set capable of remote-control operation in conjunction with locomotive unites at the trainís head end. DPUs are placed in the middle or at the rear of heavy trains (such as coal, or grain) to help climb steep grades.
Moving railroad personnel from one location to another via a vehicle or another train.
Dragging Equipment Detector
Electron trackside detection system that identifies unusual conditions, such as brake rigging down, lading down or dragging along side car, and chains or straps on flat cars along the ground.
A government order of restrictions prohibiting the entry or departure of commercial railroads at its ports.
Count of trains destined to a particular yard or terminal that need to be switched. "Strong enroute" indicates a forecast for a heavy switching workload for that day.
Unassigned engineers or trainmen used to protect vacancies or make up extra crews as needed to protect higher traffic levels.
The bolts, spikes, and splice bars to fasten the rail to the ties.
Federal Highway Administration
The horizontal portion of steel shaped metal, (like an "I" rail) attaching it to another object to strengthen it.
Heavy metal flangeways that connect track to switches, diamonds, crossovers and other track structures. Frogs is a device that guides wheels from one-track structure to another.
Federal Railroad Administration
Red flare used for signaling purposes.
Section men who work on the roadbed.
Garden City Western Railroad
Gauge of the rail track with the standard gauge being 4 feet, 8-1/2 inches apart, and with 3 feet of hang over on each side of the train.
H & N
Hutchinson and Northern Railroad
Heavy Axle Loads
The purchase for a fee, based on the number of railroad cars involved for the transportation rights of one railroad, to run on tracks owned by another railroad.
Signal to come ahead or pick up speed.
Overheating of the axle hub due to bearing failure. Metal-on-metal friction generates heat and eventually will melt a 6-inch-diameter steel axle.
Train with very high priority compared to other trains. Other than passenger trains, UP hot shots are intermodal trains that maintain the most expeditious schedules.
Overheating of a railcarís wheels due to sticking brakes and brake shoes rubbing against the wheel tread. They can result in thermal cracking if severe.
Hump Back Crossing
A railroad crossing that is a small hill at the point that the railroad tracks are positioned.
Count of cars that are sorted in a hump yard.
Trains destined to a "hump" yard. Hump yards are where railcars are pushed up a hill (hump), uncoupled, and then rolled downhill into remotely controlled sorting tracks. Hump operations are the railroadís most efficient sorting operations.
In the Color
Train standing in the signal block waiting for a clear signal to proceed.
In the Hole
When two opposing trains meet, one train "Holds the Main," the other "Takes the Hole" on a siding.
Among transportation, the representation of the other forms of traveling are (Aviation, Bike and Pedestrian trails, Public Transit, and Railroads).
This is the location when two pieces of rail come together. These are the relatively weak spots in a track to reduce the weakness the rail has been lengthened.
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Kansas Corporation Commission
Kansas City Southern Railroad
Kansas City Terminal Railway
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas Southern Railway, L. L. C.
Kyle Railroad Company
The condition and checking of the track in which the elevation of the rails is transversely equal.
The lining of the track is shifting the track laterally to conform to the established alignment required.
Self-propelled vehicles, usually an electric, steam, or diesel-powered engine on wheels designed to push or to pull a train on railroad tracks.
M & NA
Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railway
The principal line or lines of a railroad.
Train made up of mixed railcars (box cars, tank cars, piggyback cars, etc.)
Comparing the time on watches.
Nebraska Kansas and Colorado Rail Net, Inc.
New Century AirCenter Railroad
Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Out Of Face
Track work that proceeds completely and continuously over a given piece of disconnected track point.
Operation Lifesaver Incorporated is a nonprofit information and safety education program dedicated to eliminating collisions, deaths, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way. It is composed of a broad-based coalition of federal, state, and local government agencies, private safety groups and transportation industry representatives.
A flatcar carrying a semitrailer by rail to then be transported by road.
Pool Crew Base
Number of crews determined by volumes and agreements to protect traffic levels at specific terminals.
Not enough power coming into the terminal to protect the schedules outbound departures.
When two sections of rail separate (pull apart) at a point where they are joined at its weakest point usually at a joint.
A road composed of parallel heavy metal bars supported by ties, which
are connected by metal plates and fasteners and provide a track for
locomotive-drawn trains or wheeled vehicles to travel. Rail weights
are from 60 to 155 pounds per a yard. The length of rail is
from 30 feet to 78 feet, with 39 being the standard length.
Railamerica, Inc., is the parent company of
the Kyle Railroad.
Railroad or Railway
A road on which trains transport commodities or people from one location
to another, drawn by a locomotive, traveling on a track formed by
a pair of parallel steel rails. The structure forming the railroad
includes the rail, ballast, crossties, tie plates, trestles, the land,
embankments, and bridges.
Rails-to-Trails is dedicated to enriching America's communities and countryside by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.
Negotiating a voluntary agreement to use a railroad right-of-way
that would otherwise be abandoned for recreational trail or other
public use. Preserving a railroad corridor is known as rail
banking meaning that the right-of-way is preserved for potential future
use as a railroad.
Crew used to bring a train into a terminal when the original crew
has insufficient time to complete the trip and a second crew is necessary.
A stop signal.
Red Flag Warnings
Weather alerts by contract weather service to advise of situations
affecting operations and requiring actions.
To restore, and put back in good condition useable for railroad travel.
Changing out a trainís locomotives to correct a situation, such as
bad order engines or wrong type-class of units for service.
The land upon which the railroad is built, it is between 75 to
200 feet wide.
Train that generally is not scheduled to add
(pick up) or reduce (set out) railcars enroute.
Temporary track used to avoid obstacle that blocks movement on the
normal track section. Shooflies are often constructed to allow
temporary passage around wrecks to be removed or flooded areas while
Number of bad order railcar (loads/empties) at a repair facility-awaiting
repair, or number of locomotives at a shop for repairs.
To switch a train to a siding.
A short railroad track for unloading, etc., connected with the main track by a switch.
Auxiliary tracks normally used to meet and/or pass trains now used
to hold trains/cuts of car(s) spacing/staging for terminals.
Spiral when used with the respect to the railroad track is a form
of easement curve in which the change of degree of curve is uniform
throughout its length.
South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Short, usually dead-end section of track used to access a facility
of loading/unloading ramp. It can also be used to temporarily
Surface Transportation Board
The surface condition of the railroad track as to vertical evenness
or smoothness over short distances.
The connection between two lines of track
to permit cars or trains to pass from one track to the other.
Tangent is any straight portion of a railroad
A building at either end, or a main station, or
a connective point of a transportation railroad line, for the adding
or removal of cars and the boarding or departure of people.
Wood or concrete transverse beams on which rail is placed and anchored.
Ties sit on a bed of gravel ballast.
A thin plate of steel setting on the ties in which spikes are driven
to hold the rails in place, and support the rail on the ties.
The authority for the movement of regular trains, and schedules of
such movement of trains.
Tight on Power
Power is adequate to protect departures, but some delays may occur
due to late arrival and servicing of locomotives.
Tonnage is Current
No trains holding, switching is current, no delays expected to traffic,
resources are adequate to protect operations.
The purchase for a fee, based on the number of railroad cars involved for the right of one railroad to run on tracks owned by another railroad, along with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) approval.
A series of connected railroad cars being pulled or pushed by one or more locomotive engine.
Trains Blocked on Line
Trains stopped between primary terminals and switched to further define the car blocks and to facilitate handling at the destination terminal.
Trains Drug Out
Trains moved from origin yard to a siding between terminals to make room in the yard to continue to build trains.
When a train crew has authority granted by a dispatcher to "flag" past a signal that is in stop indication due to a defect and or an event.
Trains Held Out
The number of trains held on line (out) due to lack of room in the destination yard. When a yardís receiving tracks are occupied, the terminal "hold trains out."
A count of trains being held either for congestion or for maintenance of way curfew. This may occur because of trains that are not running on schedule due to a critical resource, such as power or track congestion.
Trains Laid Down
Trains with no arrival plan for a terminal. The crews have been removed and power has probably been removed.
Number of trains operated through a defined area or terminal during a specified time period.
Number of trains a terminal can process in a given 24-hour period of time.
Time spacing in which a terminal or subdivision can handle trains in a given hour.
Trains holding at a point on line for release to move into a terminal.
Trains Tied Down
Trains holding on line for relief crews, slots and spacing into a terminal. Power usually is still on the trains.
When a track defect, such as a broken rail, has been determined by
the engineer to be passable at "walking speed."
The number of trains at a terminal that are yarded in a 24-hour period.
Track used to move cars from the bowl (sorting tracks) to the departure
yard, where sorted cars are coupled into an outbound train.
Count of sorted cars built into outbound trains.
To enter or go beyond the limits of the property line without permission from the railroad (the right-of-way of the railway).
A braced framework of timbers, piles, or steel for carrying a railroad over a depression of land.
Union Pacific Railroad
Undesired emergency, when air pressure contained within the air brake system is released, resulting in the application of train brakes.
United States Department of Transportation
When a flood or flash flood washes away ballast and roadway under the track.
Watco Companies Inc., a rail and transportation company based in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The toll or fee paid to the owner of the railroad track to pass over their tracks.
Same as curfew, but also can mean holding trains for things other than Maintenance of Way curfew, such as operating passenger trains.
Wiping the Gauge
Tracks running off the main line, forming a huge Yóused for turning cars or engines where no turntable is available.
The grounds next to the railroad building center where trains are made up and or loaded or switched.
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