Engine Dispatcher

Assign engines to Locomotive Engineers for train runs.

What does an Engine Dispatcher do?

Assigns engines to LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS for train runs or for switching operations at railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location: Reads train orders or switching orders to ascertain length of run scheduled, type and tonnage of cargo to be transported, or number of switch engines required to complete switching assignments for day. Assigns engine according to size and horsepower and records number and type of engine assigned. Keeps records of number of engines and types of engines available, in use, and in repair or service shops. Notifies HOSTLER when engine can be delivered to switching crew or train crew. When employed by establishment other than railroad, may be designated Dispatcher, Industrial Locomotive.