> >On a train with multiple engines is there a "driver" in each engine?
> No - a multi-unit consist is connected together by electrical cables
> and one engineer controls all the units from his control stand. Most
> locomotives in service today (even those from different manufacturers)
> are compatible with each other for this type of operation, although
> not all locomotives respond exactly the same way when you notch up the
> In the case of mid-train helpers, these can be manned with a crew or
> radio controlled, depending on the railroad. Norfolk Southern uses
> radio controlled units in the coal fields and on other heavy trains
> when necessary. Tail-end helpers are usually manned by a local crew
> and used as helpers up a specific hill, then disconnect from the train
> and return to push the next train up.
> Now if you are talking steam engines... in all cases every steam
> engine would have had a two-man crew, as there were no electrical
> controls or radio controls for steam engines!
Aah, that's not 100% true. The Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal
railways) had some steam locomotives fitted for push-pull operation.
On these (if my information is 100% accurate), the driver was in the
front of the train, and had a control that could shut the regulator
and then use the brakes to stop. The fireman was in the loco doing
his job, and also opening the regulator to start the train away.
The classes 38 and 78 were so fitted, and the Lubeck Buechener Eisnebahn
had some push-pull fitted 2-4-2 tank locos.