Physical Characteristics Study Guide
 Main Line: West end to Suffern

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1. What Main Track rules are in effect between West End and Laurel on tracks 3,1, 2, and 4: 
    a. ABS, 251. 
    b. ABS, 261. 
    c. ABS, 261, CSS. 
    d. DCS rules are always in effect.

2. What Main Track rules are in effect between Laurel and Ridgewood Jct. on tracks 1 and 2: 
    a. ABS, 251. 
    b. ABS, 261. 
    c. ABS, 261, CSS. 
    d. DCS rules are always in effect.

3. What Main Track rules are in effect between Ridgewood Junction and WC on tracks 3, 1, and 2: 
    a. ABS, 251. 
    b. ABS 261. 
    c. ABS, 261, CSS. 
    d. CDS rules are always in effect.

4. What is the maximum authorized speed over the bridge at MP 5 (West Secaucus): 
    a. 10 MPH. 
    b. 20 MPH. 
    c. 30 MPH. 
    d. 45 MPH.

5. What is the maximum authorized speed over the bridge at MP 8.5 (Lyndhurst Draw): 
    a. 25 MPH. 
    b. 35 MPH. 
    c. 45 MPH. 
    d. 60 MPH.

6. What is the maximum authorized speed between MP 13.3 and MP 13.6 (Newark Industrial Switch): 
    a. 20 MPH. 
    b. 30 MPH. 
    c. 50 MPH. 
    d. 60 MPH.

7. What is the maximum authorized speed between MP 14.9 and MP 15.1 (Getty Ave. Under Grade Bridge): 
    a. 15 MPH. 
    b. 25 MPH. 
    c. 30 MPH. 
    d. 45 MPH.

8. The limit of the Rockland running track are: 
    a. SF and the end of track. 
    b. SF and the first switch leading to the yard. 
    c. The first switch leading to Suffern Yard and the end of track. 
    d. SF and the end of track five.

9. Eastward and westward trains stopping at Ramsey: 
    a. Must not blow for the Main Street crossing. 
    b. May block the Main Street crossing in Ramsey after 7:00 pm. 
    c. Must not block the Main Street crossing in Ramsey. 
    d. May block Main Street crossing except when the crew goes to lunch.

10. Speedometer checks are located between: 
    a. MP 6.0 to MP 7.0 and MP 27.8 to MP 28.8. 
    b. MP 2.5 to MP 3.0 and MP 30.5 to MP 31. 
    c. MP 1.0 to MP 2.0 and MP 15.0 to MP 16.0 
    d. All of the above.

11. What is the maximum passenger speed between Ridgewood Jct. and WC on all 
tracks: 
    a. 50 MPH. 
    b. 60 MPH. 
    c. 70 MPH. 
    d. 80 MPH.

12. What is the speed in Waldwick Yard: 
    a.  5 MPH. 
    b. 10 MPH. 
    c. Restricted speed not exceeding 10 MPH. 
    d. Restricted speed not exceeding  5 MPH.

13.  What is the maximum passenger speed between WC and MP 31.3 on Tracks 1& 2: 
    a. 50 MPH. 
    b. 60 MPH. 
    c. 70 MPH. 
    d. 75 MPH.

14. Who must be contacted when receiving a fax copy of a From D at Suffern: 
    a. Mainline Dispatcher. 
    b. M&E Dispatcher. 
    c. Terminal Tower. 
    d. Operator at DB.

25. Which tracks in Waldwick is the storage of equipment other than passenger equipment prohibited: 
    a. tracks one and two. 
    b. tracks three through six. 
    c. All tracks. 
    d. None of the above.

16. What is the speed limit in Waldwick yard:
    a. Restricted Speed not exceeding 5 mph.
    b. Restricted Speed not exceeding 10 mph.
    c. Slow Speed.
    d. Medium Speed.

17. Trains receiving an approach or a more restrictive indication on automatic block signal 295 on tracks 1 and 2 when approaching Suffern Interlocking:
    a. Can proceed on signal indication.
    b. Must reduce speed to Restricting, not exceeding 15 mph.
    c. Must not pass signal 295 until receiving verbal permission from the Main Line Train Dispatcher.
    d. Can ignore the signal indication if more than five (5) minutes late.

Physical Characteristics Study 
Main Line
Answers

1. c. ABS, 261, CSS. 
2. c. ABS, 261, CSS. 
3. c. ABS, 261, CSS. 
4. d. 45 MPH. 
5. d. 60 MPH. 
6. c. 50 MPH. 
7. c. 30 MPH. 
8. b. SF and the first switch leading to the yard. 
9. c. Must not block the Main Street crossing in Ramsey. 
10. a. MP 6.0 to MP 7.0 and MP 27.8 to MP 28.8.
 
11. b. 60 MPH. 
12. c. Restricted speed not exceeding 10 MPH. 
13. c. 70 MPH. 
14. a. Mainline Dispatcher. 
15. a. tracks one and two.16. b. Restricted Speed not exceeding 10 mph.
17. c. Must not pass signal 295 until receiving verbal permission from the Main Line Train Dispatcher.

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