An Everett Railroad conductor assists his train's engineer in switching moves at Claysburg, Pa., on Nov. 9, 2011. Most U.S. passenger and commuter trains operate with only an engineer in the locomotive, and railroads would like to extend that practice to most freight trains. Supporters of one-person crew operations say there's no evidence it's less safe, but opponents counter that freight trains are longer, heavier and more complex to operate than passenger trains. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy)
An Everett Railroad conductor assists his train's engineer in switching moves at Claysburg, Pa., on Nov. 9, 2011. Most U.S. passenger and commuter trains operate with only an engineer in the locomotive, and railroads would like to extend that practice to most freight trains. Supporters of one-person crew operations say there's no evidence it's less safe, but opponents counter that freight trains are longer, heavier and more complex to operate than passenger trains. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy) McClatchy
An Everett Railroad conductor assists his train's engineer in switching moves at Claysburg, Pa., on Nov. 9, 2011. Most U.S. passenger and commuter trains operate with only an engineer in the locomotive, and railroads would like to extend that practice to most freight trains. Supporters of one-person crew operations say there's no evidence it's less safe, but opponents counter that freight trains are longer, heavier and more complex to operate than passenger trains. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy) McClatchy

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