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Crew Training Material


SAFETY (100)

  1. General Safety Presentation  (printer friendly version)
  2. Safety and Health FRRS-SP01
  3. Job Briefing Safety Tailboard Process/Procedure:  How to hold a tailboard meeting
  4. Job Briefing Safety Tailboard Form:  Form to be used at tailboard meetings
  5. Count the Seconds  on YouTube
Safety Responsibilities - All Members
  1. Safety Book:  Code of Safe Practices, Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
  2. Museum Volunteer Manual
  3. WPRM Evacuation Plan
  4. Safety and Cleaning Supplies
    Hand Sanitizer
    (There is a supply of these PPE for volunteers use at the museum. Ask one of the Directors, Supervisors for access to these supplies)


Introduction/Orientation Objectives
  1. Museum Policies
  2. Alcohol Policy
  3. Smoking Policy


  1. Hours of Operations:  Museum and Operating Dept (including Crew Call and train times) schedules.
    1. Museum Days and Hours
    2. Crew Call is on the Extra Board
  2. Crew Sign Up Procedure  (printer friendly version):  How to mark up on the Extra Board to work on the train crew.
  3. Standard caboose train schedule:
    • 09:45 - Crew call
    • 11:00 - First train
    • 11:30 - Train
    • Noon - Train (Crew lunch after run, next run at 13:00)
    • 13:00 - Train
    • 13:30 - Train
    • 14:00 - Train (Last Train)
    • Safety Meeting after last train
    • Printer friendly caboose train schedule.

Concurrent Operation of a RAL and a Passenger Train:  NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME

  1. Museum Management - Department and Committee List: FRRS/WPRM Staff  
  2. Crew Training Presentation   (printer friendly version)
  3. Glossaries:
    1. Glossary:  WPRM Glossary of Terms
    2. WP GLOSSARY OF RAILROAD TERMS:  Undated WP document
  4. WPRM Job Briefing Presentation  (printer friendly version) i
  5. Railroad Radio Usage
    1. Railroad Radio  (printer friendly version)   Museum Railroad Radio Rules & Procedures
    2. FRRS Radio Policy-Protocol   Defines the policies and protocols for the use of base, portable and mobile two-way railroad radios by the Feather River Rail Society members, volunteers and staff.
    3. Bulletin 03-18 Radio Sign-out
  6. Hand Signal Training Video
  7. Train Operations  (printer friendly version)
  8. Operating Department Bulletins of Note:
    1. Going Outside the Gate bulletin - Bulletin 02-18 UP West Pass Track 103
    2. Bulletin 01-18 Minimum Crew Size
    3. Bulletin 04-17 Balloon Track IN SERVICE and SPEED LIMIT

Mechanical Department:
  1. Locomotive Starting and Daily Inspection Report
  2. Required Inspection Forms
    1. M1001:  M1001 Locomotive Inspection and Maintenance Report
    2. M1001 Instructions
    4. M1002 Instructions
    5. M1003:  Mechanical Department Reporting Form
  3. Operating Temperature Items
    1. Locomotive Cooling Water Temperatures  An engineman's guide to proper control of engine cooling systems and maintaining optimum cooling temperatures during standard operation of locomotives.
    2. Water Temperature Rules
  4. Air Brake Principles:  Air Brake Principles and Specific Equipment. This should be read and understood by all Operating Crew member, especially any Hostler, Student Fireman, Fireman, Student Yard Engineer, Yard Engineer, Student Passenger Engineer, Passenger Engineer, Student RAL Engineer and RAL Engineer.
  5. North American Freight Train Brakes - by Al Krug   Strongly suggested reading material for all Operating Department personnel.
  6. Locomotive Starting Checks   ENGINEER'S, FIREMAN'S and TRAINMEN'S Locomotive Starting Check List and Daily Inspection Report Guide.
  7. Locomotive Troubleshooting  (printer friendly version)   Engine crewmembers should be familiar with this material.

  1. Bulletin #04-16:  Balloon Greasing Standards
  2. WPRM Track Trouble Report Form:   Form to report any issues with track at the museum.

  1. Bulletin #01-17:  - Turning Locomotives


  1. Safety Orientation Checklist:  Operating Crew Qualification Program (New Members Only)
  2. Operating Crew Qualification Program Standard
  3. Operating Department Entrance and Service Requirements:
    1. Entrance to Service for Operating Department Personnel Presentation   (printer friendly version)
    2. Qualification Card(s)
    3. Certification of Locomotive Engineers:  Delineates the requirements for certification of new and existing locomotive engineers (Policy and card.)
    4. DSLE Skill Performance Report   This form is also on the Operating Dept Forms & Documents web page.


  1. FRRS Emergency Form
  2. Release of Liability Volunteer
  3. Qualification Card Audit
  4. Personal Work Report/FRRS Daily Work Report:  Form to track volunteer hours. (Remember to include travel time to/from job site.) If you open this report on a computer (and use Acrobat, not the browser's preview) it is a PDF form and you can use drop-down boxes to complete the report. You can then print the report, or save as a PDF file an email it.
  5. Daily Sign In Log Sheet
  6. Museum Bulletins:  The web copy is for reference only. The official book is kept on the Operations desk right outside the Operations Office.
  7. Conductor's Reports:
    1. Conductor's Time Report
    2. FRRS Daily Train Report
    3. Online Conductor Report Presentation  (printer friendly version)
  8. Rules Violation Report in Development
  9. Job Abbreviations:  Official position abbreviations for reports.


  1.  General Code of Operating Rules
    1. General Code of Operating Rules (Rule book)
  2.  Rules Tests:  50 question for returning crew, 100 question for new members.


  1. Archivist
  2. Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer
  3. Assistant Roadmaster
  4. Assistant Superintendent of Operations
  5. Assistant Yardmaster
  6. Brakeman
  7. Car Foreman
  8. Car Host or Attendant
  9. Carmen
  10. Chief Mechanical Officer
  11. Committee, Committee Member, Committee Chairperson
  12. Conductor
  13. Crew Caller
  14. Dispatcher
  15. Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers (DSLE)
  16. Edenwold Sleeper Coordinator
  17. Engineer-Fireman
  18. Facility Manager
  19. Flagman or Crossing Guard
  20. General Superintendant
  21. Historical/Archive Department Manager
  22. Hostler
  23. Key Manager
  24. Maintenance of Way Crewmember
  25. Mechanic
  26. Membership Administrative Services Manager
  27. Museum Store Manager
  28. Museum Store Salesperson
  29. Parliamentarian
  30. President - see Bylaws
  31. RAL Scheduler
  32. Restoration Manager
  33. Restoration Specialist
  34. Road Foreman of Engines
  35. Roadmaster
  36. Secretary - see Bylaws
  37. Signal Department Manager
  38. Signal Maintainer
  39. Superintendant of Operations
  40. Supervisor
  41. Switch Tender
  42. Trainmaster
  43. Train Sheet Editor
  44. Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer) - see Bylaws
  45. Vice President - see Bylaws
  46. Volunteer Manager
  47. Webmaster
  48. Yardmaster


RAL Engineers (900)

  1. Revised RAL Engineers Training and Policy Guide
  2. RAL Locomotive Weekly maintenance and operations Directive
  3. Student RAL Training
  4. RAL Student Engineer Progress Report
  5. RAL Engineer report of hours
  6. Concurrent Operation of a RAL and a Passenger Train

Concurrent Operation of a RAL and a Passenger Train: 


Tour of Museum, non-public areas, crew areas, restrooms, bulletin boards, bulletin book sign-in (Duty book).

Car and Caboose Nomenclature (New Members Only - 1100)

Caboose Train Operations (1200)

  1. Hand Signals Hands On
  2. Train Inspection Hands On
  3. Engine Equipment Hands On
  4. Getting On and Off of Moving Equipment Hands On
  5. Train Operations with RAL



Books and Forms used for Training

Books Forms
Current Rule Book       FRRS Emergency Form
  Operating Department Entrance and Service Requirements         Release of Liability Volunteer
            Qualification Card Audit
            Safety Orientation Checklist (for new members)
            Class Information (password required)  

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