From Just What is a Train Dispatcher? Copyright © 1992 Thomas A. White

Train dispatchers are regularly confronted, as will be illustrated, by many more situations than are air traffic controllers, for many of which there are no established procedures. Regularly, the dispatcher must interpret and analyze a situation looking for all possible problems that could arise and prevent them. Because of this and the problems involved in communication, dispatchers must consider every instruction before it is issued and ensure that it is unmistakably clear and not capable of any other interpretation.

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