- Do THREE of the following:
- Name three types of modern freight trains. Explain why unit trains
are more efficient than mixed freight trains.
- Name one Class I or regional railroad. Explain what major cities
it serves, the locations of major terminals, service facilities, and
crew change points, and the major commodities it carries.
- Using models or pictures, identify 10 types of railroad freight or
passenger cars. Explain the purpose of each type of car.
- Explain how a modern diesel or electric locomotive develops power.
Explain the terms dynamic braking and radial steering trucks.
- Do the following:
- Explain the purpose and formation of Amtrak. Explain, by the use
of a timetable, a plan for making a trip by rail between two cities at
least 500 miles apart. List the times of departure and arrival at your
destination, the train number, and the type of service you want.
- List and explain the various forms of public/mass transit using
rail as the fixed guide path.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Name four departments of a railroad company. Describe what each
- Tell about the opportunities in railroading that interest you most
- Name four rail support industries, Describe the function of each
- With your parent's and counselor's approval, interview someone
employed in the rail industry. Learn what that person does and how
this person became interested in railroading. Find out what type of
schooling and training are required for this position.
- Explain the purpose of Operation Lifesaver and its mission.
- Do THREE of the following:
- List five safety precautions that help make trains safer for
workers and passengers.
- Explain to your merit badge counselor why railroad rights-of-way
are important for safety.
- List 10 safety tips to remember when you are near a railroad track
(either on the ground or on a station platform) or aboard a train.
- Tell your counselor about the guidelines for conduct that should
be followed when you are near or on railroad property. Explain the
dangers of trespassing on railroad property.
- Tell what an automobile driver can do to safely operate a car at
grade crossings, and list three things an automobile driver should
never do at a grade crossing.
- Tell how to report a malfunction of grade crossing warning
- List safety precautions a pedestrian should follow at a public
- Explain the appearance and meaning of the following warning signs
and devices: advance warning sign, pavement markings, crossbucks,
flashing red lights, crossing gates.
- Do EACH of the following:
- Explain how railroad signals operate and show two basic signal
tyes using color and configuration.
- Explain the meaning of three whistle signals.
- Describe a way to signal a train for an emergency stop.
- Explain the use and function of the EOTD (end-of-train device) or
FRED (Flashing rear end device) used on the last car of most trains.
- Select ONE of the following special-interest areas and complete the
- Model Railroading
With your parent's and counselor's approval,
do TWO of the following:
- Draw a layout of your own model railroad; or one that could be
built in your home. Design a point-to-point track or loop with
different routings. Include one of the following: turnaround or
terminal or yard or siding.
- Build one model railroad car kit or one locomotive kit.
- Name the scale of four popular model railroad gauges. Identify
the scale of four model cars or locomotives.
- Locate the Web site of four model railroad - related
manufacturers or magazine publishers. Print information on their
products and services and discuss the information with your
- Build one railroad structure (from scratch or using a kit),
paint and weather the structure, mount it on your layout or diorama,
and make the surrounding area on a diorama scenic.
- Alone or with others, build a model railroad or modular layout,
including ballast and scenery. Make electrical connections and
operate a train. Describe what you enjoyed most.
- Participate in a switching
contest on a timesaver layout and record your time.
With your parent's and counselor's approval, do TWO
of the following:
- Visit a railroad museum, historical display, or a prototype
railroad-sponsored public event. With permission, photograph,
videotape, or sketch items of interest. Explain what you saw and
describe your photos, sketches, or videotape.
- Purchase tickets and ride a scenic or historic railroad. Under
supervision, photograph the equipment and discuss with your
counselor the historic significance of the operation.
- Locate the Web site of four rail historical groups, then find
information on the history of the rail preservation operations and
purpose of each group. Talk with a member of one of the groups and
find out how you might help.
- Plan a trip by rail between two points. Obtain a schedule and
explain when the train should arrive at two intermediate points.
Purchase the tickets and make the trip. Explain to your counselor
what you saw.
BSA Advancement ID#: 94
Pamphlet Revision Date:
Requirements last revised in 2005