Air Tests in the yard at Shortline yard.
Air tests in the yard are exclusively the work of the Car Dept Employees.
Class 1 initial terminal air tests are to be performed ONLY by the Carmen per federal regulation. (Where there are Carmen on duty.)
§ 232.205 Class I brake test-initial terminal inspection.
(d) Where a railroad's collective bargaining agreement provides that a Carman is to perform the inspections and tests required by this section, a Carman alone will be considered a qualified person. In these circumstances, the railroad shall ensure that the Carman is properly trained and designated as a qualified person or qualified mechanical inspector pursuant to the requirements of this part.
Transfer tests in the yard are also the car department’s work. However they are not covered by the federal regulation as in the class 1 air brake test. They are covered by the agreement between the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and the Union Pacific RR.
Appendix M, Article V- coupling, inspection and testing.
“In yards or terminals where Carmen in the service of the Carrier operating or servicing the train are employed and on duty in the departure yard, coach yard or passenger terminal from which trains depart, such inspecting and testing of the air brakes and appurtenances on trains as is required by the Carrier in the departure yard, coach yard or passenger terminal, and related coupling of air, signal and steam hose incidental to such inspection, shall be performed by the carman”
Say you are working a yard/industry job that is required to perform a transfer test on your cars. If your cars are not already set out to a departure track where the Carmen can perform the air test, ask the yardmaster what track they would like you set your cars to for Carmen to perform the air test. You might be told that no departure track is available. You might be told that the Carmen are not available or that they are busy. If the yardmaster instructs you do your own air test in the yard, write down the date, time, job ID, track, number of cars you tested and the name of the yardmaster that instructed you to perform the test on a piece of paper and put it in the white UTU box under the display cases in the yard office.
I will submit them to the car department representative for claims processing. It is their work under their agreement. Thanks for your help.