Description Edit

Learn how to switch and cut cars to arrange trains.

Objectives Edit

  • CLIMB ABOARD: Sit in Engineer's seat of the locomotive.
  • GET MOVING: Set the Reverser to FORWARD, the automatic brake to RELEASE and apply the Throttle to NOTCH 1.
  • COUPLE TO CARS: Connect the locomotive to the freight cars.
  • REVERSE BACK: Reverse the train beyond the track switch.
  • BRAKES: Apply the brakes to stop the train.
  • TRACK SWITCH: Walk over to the Track switch.
  • TRACK SWITCH: Set the Track switch.
  • RETURN TO THE CAB: Sit in Engineer's seat of the locomotive.
  • DRIVE FORWARD: Set the Reverser to FORWARD, Brakes to RELEASE and Throttle to NOTCH 1.
  • COUPLE TO CARS: Connect the train to the additional freight cars.
  • FREIGHT CAR: Walk over to the first freight car.
  • HANDBRAKE: Set the Handbrake to APPLIED
  • UNCOUPLE: Set the Coupler to UNLOCKED.
  • CLIMB ABOARD: Reverse the locomotive backwards to complete this tutorial.
  • STOP: Bring the locomotive to a stop.

Controls Edit

  • CONTROL ACTIONS: Once coupled, apply the Automatic Brake to FULL SERVICE.
  • ENGINEER'S SEAT: Press E to get out of the Engineer's seat.

Task Log Edit

  • So you want to learn about yard switching. Let's take a look.
  • Before a train goes anywhere, crews arrange all the cars together. Meticulous planning goes into making sure the right cars go to the right tracks to make up the right trains. This process is called SWITCHING.
  • Climb aboard this locomotive and we'll get started.
  • Set the locomotive up and pull towards the cars ahead. Take it easy though. 5 miles an hour will do just fine.
  • Gently bump into the cars up ahead. The couplers will engage automaticly.
  • That's it, you got this.
  • Now, haul them back beyond the switch in the track.
  • OK, the train is clear, bring it to a stop.
  • To put these cars with the others on the adjacent track, a switch in the track must be changed. Climb down from the locomotive and walk to the switch.
  • Move the lever so the rails align to the other direction.
  • Excellent. We're all set. Climb back aboard and push the cars down the track, connecting them with the others already there.
  • You're doing great, keep it up!
  • Now to uncouple the locomotive from the cars climb down and walk to the first freight car.
  • First off, apply the brake wheel on the freight car so they are secured to place.
  • Pull the 'Cut Lever', to disconnect the locomotive from the cars.
  • And that's all there is to it! This process is repeated until all the cars required are assembled on the same track. To finish, climb back aboard the locomotive and move it up the track so it is ready to assemble more cars.

Trivia Edit

  • This tutorial was also included in the beta.
  • In the beta, the tutorial was known as Switching Tutorial.
CSX Heavy Haul
Locomotives AC4400CW - GP38-2 - SD40-2
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Locations Cumberland - Sand Patch - Shaw Mine - Rockwood Mine
Operators CSX Transportation
Tutorials Intro Sequence Tutorial - Yard Switching - Locomotive Turntable - Locomotive Refuelling - AC4400CW Introduction - Coal Loading - Train Brakes: Theory - SD40-2 Introduction - GP38-2 Introduction
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Miscellaneous History - Signalling