Assign locomotives, cabooses, and crews to trains.
What does an Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher do?
Assigns locomotives, cabooses, and crews to trains to obtain most efficient use of equipment and personnel within assigned railroad territory: Determines number of locomotives to be allocated to trains based on type of freight and number and destinations of freight cars to be moved. Assigns locomotives and cabooses to trains and schedules departure and movement of trains on specific tracks and sidings according to ultimate destination of individual freight cars. Schedules and assigns initial, replacement, or emergency crews to trains depending upon available work time of individual crews and purpose of trip. Routes locomotives scheduled for preventive maintenance to destinations in proximity to designated maintenance facility to minimize cost of transfer to service site.