Highballing with flimsies : working under train orders on the Espee's coast line
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Highballing with flimsies : working under train orders on the Espee's coast line

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    In classic timetable and train-order territory, the study focuses on several dimensions of train

    dispatchers' work, viewed through the other end of the telescope, i.e., from the perspective of the

    dispatched train crewmembers and others in the field. The monograph, comprising a

    microethnographic case study, emphasizes the cognitive worktasks--including mental manipulations

    of changing information, logic of procedures, work interactions, and language used--on just one

    freight train trip. Railroaders' integrations and applications of circumstantially selected sets of

    operating rules for the movement of trains control the freight trip. More broadly, the study

    constitutes a railroad apprentice's instruction for and a layman's introduction to North American

    railroad operating work. Specifically, a demonstration of the safety-critical nature of the corpus of

    interrelated railroad operating rules provides the underlying framework of the case study.

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