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1. What is a Gandy dancer   Track worker?

Engineer
Station agent
Conductor
T
rack worker
 

 
2. The "Highball" is a signal for  The track is clear

The switch is thrown
The track is clear
The tender is full
We need more fuel

 
3. Ephraim  Shay invented this popular locomotive, built by Lima Locomotive Works, first built in 1880.

Lima
Shay
Hyster
Climax


photo curtsey of
 the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

4. What was the name of this famous locomotive that raced a horse and lost?  Tom Thumb

 

 

5. Hackworth, Marshall, Walschaerts are types of Valve gear

Valve gear
Automatic brake
Steam brake
Emergency brake

 

 
6. What was the first locomotive to reach 100 miles per hour in the United States? Empire State Express NYC No. 999 in 1893.

Empire State Express NYC No. 999 in 1893.
Zephyr CBQ No. 21 in 1932
The Rocket in 1934
The Torpedo 2-8-4 No. 877 in 1941

 

 
7. What was the record for the most track laid in a single day, set on April 28, 1869? 10 miles, 56 feet

4.21 miles
10 miles, 56 feet 
86.1 kilometers
5 miles, 864 feet

 

 
8. Which of the following most closely matches the description of the indication of this signal aspect as found in most railroad rule books? Proceed prepared to stop at next signal.

Stop, next signal at proceed.
Proceed prepared to stop at next signal.
Block clear, next block occupied.
Proceed, next home signal at stop.

 


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9. The “Pandrol” would be found in what system? Rail system

Brake system
Rail system
Signal system
Drive system

 

 
10. The "Angle Cock" is part of what system? Brake system

Brake system
Rail system
Signal system
Drive system

 

 
11. Which state had the longest water crossing by a railroad?  Utah

Florida
Texas
Utah
Michigan
 

 
12. What is the longest through tunnel in the US? Cascade Tunnel

Cascade Tunnel
Flathead Tunnel
Moffatt Tunnel
LaGrange Tunnel

 

 
13. The British “sleeper” is equivalent to what in the United States? Cross tie

Cross tie
Pullman
Fireman
Budd car

 

 
14. A "Monkey" is best described as a Derail mechanism

New crew Forman
Derail mechanism
New crew member
Switch handle

 

 
15. What company introduced the automatic brake in 1872-73? Westinghouse

Westinghouse
General Electric
General Motors
General Dynamics

 

 
16. Another term meaning "Throw the switch". Bend the iron

Bend the iron
Flip the minnow
Dump the air
Pull the Johnson

 

 
17. A Hogger is another name for Engineer.

Engineer
Conductor
Forman
Station agent

 

 
18. A "Cut" refers to Several attached cars

A clear section of track
Several attached cars
A mandatory reduction of cars
An inoperative air brake

 

 
19. A short B-B freight diesel with a streamlined cab was called a Covered wagon

Prime mover
Long hood
Short hood
Covered wagon
 

20. A Berkshire steam locomotive had this wheel arrangement. 2-8-4

2-8-2
2-8-4
4-4-2
4-6-4


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 the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

   

 

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