Former railroad dispatcher says trains should require at least two person crews

A train idles on the tracks, just before approaching the Poplar Street Bridge, which is North of 1st Street and South of I-25. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Retired Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad dispatcher Charles Randolph says that trains need to have at least two human operators aboard in order to ensure safety.

He brought his concerns to the Casper City Council on Tuesday, June 4. Randolph said that trains are moving toward working with single person and no person crews.

A bill that would require two man crews on trains was postponed indefinitely during the Wyoming Legislature’s last session. A Senate Transportation Committee vote to introduce the bill to the floor failed 2-3.

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Randolph supplied the City Council with a draft resolution regarding the issue that he asked them to consider. It would state that the Council supports legislation to mandate the minimum crew requirements.

Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz said the issue is of nationwide concern. She said the Council could look at how other communities are approaching the issue.

The Council agreed to discuss the resolution during a future work session.