Brakeman, Railway (033) Enlisted Personnel

Operates as member of a railroad train crew receiving and transmitting signals to locomotive engineer relative to train movement.
Signals locomotive engineer to stop or move train. Throws track switches at points where no switch tender is stationed. Couples and uncouples cars to make and break-up trains. Sets brakes by hand on cars not coupled to engine or train. Switches cars from track to track in railroad yard in accordance with written orders concerning make-up of trains. Stakes flags and flares in front of and behind train in emergencies.
Must be familiar with railroad operating and safety rules, semaphore signals, timetables, and train orders. Must be familiar with the principles of air brake operation and connecting and disconnecting air hose.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Switchman, Railway
  • Train Crewman (Designated Type) (AAF)

Suitable Substitutions