Have you ever heard of a freight train going down the tracks with no one in the engine compartment of the locomotive? A train with no engineer sounds like a headless horseman. Unfortunately, that nightmare has come true as the major railroads have started using a device called a remote control unit to run the hundreds of tons of locomotive engines and cars as if they were a child’s toy. The advantage for CSX and Norfolk Southern is cutting jobs and costs. To learn more about the use of remote control operaton in a railroad yard near you in Virginia, North Carolina and elsewhere, take a look at this recent article written by Mr. Cooper.
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