Physical Characteristics Study Guide
Pascack Valley Line

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1. What rules are in effect between Pascack Junction and Spring Valley: 
a. ABS, 261, CSS. 
b. ABS, 251. 
c. 251, CSS. 
d. ABS, CSS, 562, 261.

2. What rules are in effect between West Cole and East Pond: 
a. DCS. 
b. ABS, 261.562. 
c. ABS, 251, CSS. 
d. CSS, Eastward.

3. Westward trains making a meet with an eastward train between East Pond and West Pond must:
a. Tie down the train and deadhead to the final terminal. 
b. Hold the Main until the eastward train leaves Pearl River.
c. Stop just west of East Pond and remain there until the eastward train is seen or known to have departed Nanuet. 
d. Call the Mainline Dispatcher indicating their location and reason for delay. 
  

4. For passenger trains, what is the maximum allowable speed between Pascack Junction and MP 12:
 
a. 40 MPH. 
b. 50 MPH. 
c. 60 MPH. 
d. 70 MPH.

5. After passing MP 12, what is the maximum authorized speed for passenger trains to West Cole: 
a. 40 MPH. 
b. 50 MPH. 
c. 60 MPH. 
d. 70 MPH.

6. The Main and South Lead west of Spring (CP) is considered: 
a. A running track with a maximum authorized speed of 15 MPH. 
b. A main track with a maximum authorized speed of 50 MPH. 
c. Station Tracks. All movements must operate at Restricted Speed, not exceeding 10 MPH. 
d. None of the above.

7. The speedometer check is located between MP: 
a. 26.5 and 27.5. 
b. 15.0 and 16.0. 
c. 10.5 and 11.5. 
d. 7.5 and 8.5.

8. What rules are in effect for the tracks between Plank and Seamans, East Sack and West Sack, East Cole and West Cole, and East Pond and West Pond:
a. Form D, Line 2 for west bound trains. 
b. SES, 251. 
c. See and be seen. 
d. Interlocking, 562, CSS,.

9. What is the maximum authorized speed for passenger trains between West Cole and Spring Valley: 
a. 30 MPH. 
b. 40 MPH. 
c. 50 MPH. 
d. 60 MPH.

10. What is the speed restriction for passenger trains at Westwood, MP 20.5 and MP 20.6: 
a. 20 MPH. 
b. 30 MPH. 
c. 40 MPH. 
d. 50 MPH.

11. What is the speed restriction for passenger trains on the Controlled Siding (East Pond to West Pond): 
a. 30 MPH. 
b. 40 MPH. 
c. 50 MPH. 
d. 60 MPH.

12.The Radio alarm Hot Box and Detector is located at: 
a. East Pond (MP 27.2)
b. Park Ridge (MP 23.7)
c. Fairmont Ave. (MP 14.4)
d. River Edge (MP 15.4)

13. Westward trains stopping at Park Ridge must: 
a. Blow the horn three time before proceeding after a station stop. 
b. Stop west of the white painted lines just west of Madison Avenue crossing. 
c. Stop east of the white painted lines just west of the Madison Avenue crossing. 
d. None of the above. 


14. When a Form D is received by FAX machine at Woodbine yard the crew must verify the Form D by calling:
 
a. The Main Line Dispatcher. 
b. The Chief Dispatcher in Hoboken. 
c. The Operator at DB. 
d. The Operator at Terminal Tower.

15. Which of the following stations are on the South side of the main track: 
a. Teterboro. 
b. Essex Street.. 
c. Hillsdale. 
d. Montvale

16. Name the two Control Points on the Pascack Valley Line:
a. CP Park and CP Ride.
b. CP Gold and CP Silver.
c. CP Park and CP Golf.
d. CP Golf and CP Hack.


Physical Characteristics Study Guide
      Pascack Valley Line: Pascack Junction to Woodbine Yard
Answers

1. d. ABS, CSS, 562, 261.
2. b. ABS, 261, 562.
 
3. c. Stop just west of East Pond and remain there until the eastward train is seen or known to have departed Nanuet.  
4. c. 60 MPH.
 
5. a. 40 MPH. 
6. c. Station Tracks. All movements must operate at Restricted Speed, not exceeding 10 MPH. 
7. a. 26.5 and 27.5. 
8. d. Interlocking, 562, CSS.
9. c. 50 MPH.
 
10. b. 30 MPH. 
11. a. 30 MPH. 
12. d. River Edge (MP 15.4)
13. c. Stop east of the white painted lines just west of the Madison Avenue crossing.
 
14. a. The Main Line Dispatcher.
 
15. b. Essex Street.
 
16. c. CP Park and CP Golf.

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