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Unit 5: Aberdeen Railroad Depot:Jobs on the Railroad


conductor
CONDUCTOR 
The Conductor is the leader of the train crew.  He takes tickets from the passengers and maintains order on the train.  He has the final say in decisions about operating the train.
   
fireman
FIREMAN 
The Fireman’s job is to keep a steady fire going so the water in the boiler will get hot enough to create steam to power the engine.  His job is very hard—he shovels up to 200 pounds of coal per hour into the furnace.
   
brakeman
BRAKEMAN 
The brakeman operates the brakes on the train.  On the old trains, he ran along the top of the train and turned a wheel on the top of each car to engage the brakes.
   
switchman
SWITCHMAN
The Switchman is responsible for hooking the train cars together.  This is a very dangerous job and many men were killed or seriously injured doing this job.
   
engineer
ENGINEER
The Engineer drives the train and is responsible for keeping the train running on time and making decisions about the safety of the train and its passengers.
   
dispatcher