What is the independent brake on a locomotive?

What is the independent brake on a locomotive?

The independent brake is a “straight air” system that makes brake applications on the head-of-train locomotive consist independently of the automatic brake, providing for more nuanced train control. The two braking systems may interact differently as a matter of preference by the locomotive builder or the railroad.

What does PCS Open mean on a locomotive?

Pneumatic Control Switch
When the Pneumatic Control Switch (or PCS) is open, the train brakes cannot be released and the throttle controls are deactivated. To operate your train again you must reset the PCS. You can tell if it is activated by looking for the PCS OPEN light being illuminated.

How long does it take for a train to stop under full emergency braking?

“The average freight train is about 1 to 1¼ miles in length (90 to 120 rail cars). When it’s moving at 55 miles an hour, it can take a mile or more to stop after the locomotive engineer fully applies the emergency brake. An 8-car passenger train moving at 80 miles an hour needs about a mile to stop.”

How do locomotives communicate?

Multiple locomotives work together using a series of cables between the locomotives that provide an electric current, keeping the trailing locomotives in sync with the leader. This is performed by a 27-pin connector, that attaches between locomotives in the consist, as well as air hoses controlling the braking system.

How do you signal a train for an emergency stop?

Wave a red flag at the train to signal for it to stop. Waving a red flag at a train is a universal signal for it to stop. If there’s a threat to the train, such as an obstruction or person on the tracks ahead of it, wave a red flag vigorously at it to signal to the operator that they need to apply the emergency brakes.

How do you use the AFB in train Sim world?

AFB is turned on by default using Ctrl+R (note on the BR143 and BR112 it’s always on if you want to move) – make sure the throttle is off (it’s best to activate it when stationary as part of the cab set up procedure).

How do you unlock the door in train Simulator 2?

Simply press the TAB key to call up the menu and select on which side of the train you wish to lock/unlock the doors.

What are the brake settings on a locomotive?

The brake settings cut out the brake handle and set it up to be driven by a connected unit in the “Lead or Trail” configuration (which your lead unit should be set to). This means the locomotive will supply additional brake force to your train.

What is the difference between the SD40-2 and the GP38-2?

The SD40-2 and GP38-2 are featured in the base game, whilst the GP40-2 is a separate add-on, which can also be bought as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition. This section of the tutorial covers driving the locomotive when it has already been started.

What is a brake valve?

The brake valve is a device by which the Engineman can initiate brake applications and releases on both the locomotive and its train, o r on the locomotive independent of the train.


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