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Requirements Last Revised: 1/1/05 Railroading - Page 1 of 14
Merit Badge Requirements
1) Do TWO of the following:
A) Name three types of modern freight trains. Explain why unit trains are more efficient than mixed fright trains.
B) Name on Class 1 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.
C) Using models or pictures, identify 10 types of railroad freight or passenger cars. Explain the purpose of each type of car.
D) Explain how a modern diesel or electric locomotive develops power. Explain the terms dynamic braking and radial
2) Do the following:
A) 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.
B) List and explain the various forms of public/mass transit using rail as the fixed guide path.
3) Do ONE of the following:
A) Name four departments of a railroad company. Describe what each department does.
B) Tell about the opportunities in railroading that interest you most and why.
C) Name four rail support industries. Describe the function of each one.
D) With your parents and counselors 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
4) Explain the purpose of Operation Lifesaver and its mission.
5) Do THREE of the following:
A) List five safety precautions that help make