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Rail Safety – Top of Mind

Next week is Railway Safety week in Canada and the US. We should all be familiar with Operation Lifesaver and their hard work at keeping the public and railway workers aware of the dangers around our railways. This year a Railway Safety poster has been printed with Operation Lifesaver and CN. A copy of the

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Safety|

Railway Safety Week April 24 – 30

This month features Railway Safety Week across Canada and the USA. Canadian Heartland Training Railway and their partners are advocates of safe railroading and work effortlessly to ensure their training and rail services are focused on safe and productive railroads. Operation Lifesave works on several fronts to ensure that the public continues to be informed

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Railroading, Safety|

Rail Operations Live 2017 Training in Ottawa

CHTRS is once again delivering courses in our nation’s capital as part of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) efforts to deliver education and training to individuals who are new to the industry or involved in some capacity with the railway industry. "We’ve been delivering Rail Ops Live together with the RAC and Industry Representatives for 8 years

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Training|

Blair Irwin & Cariboo Rail

Interview with Blair Irwin, President of Cariboo Rail We recently had a conversation with Blair Irwin, President of Cariboo Central Railroad Contracting. Cariboo Rail was incorporated in 2003 on the principals of qualify, safety and good honest hard work. Here are some comments from our talk. When did you get started in the Railroad business?

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Railroading|

Alberta Roundhouses

Alberta Heritage Railway Roundhouses A “Roundhouse” is a term used to describe a steam-era locomotive servicing facility - built in a semi-circular form – that featured a common lead and turntable to allow access to the individual “stalls” where locomotives were serviced and repaired. Constructed at important terminals and switching yards, many of the roundhouses

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Railroading|

Building a Strong Safety Culture

Safety for an organization begins with a commitment to creating a Safety Culture at every level of the organization. Last year we had the pleasure of hearing from Fred Shusterich, President of Midwest Energy Resources, at the Industrial Railway Safety Conference on his company’s success at building a safety culture at every level of the

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Regulations, Safety, Uncategorized|

Winter brings its own Challenges for Railways

Snow and Ice removal requires a Winter Plan This winter we have been dropped into a cold snap that has been accompanied by a consistent snowfall. When prolonged period of minus zero occur we often have to deal with ice build up on the rails. Ice and snow compacted into switches, frogs and crossing can

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Safety|

Historic Trains #1077 at Fort Steele

Fort Steele Railway Company. If you are visiting the East Kootenay and have an opportunity to ride the Historic Fort Steele Railway it is a terrific experience. You travel through the beautiful countryside on a 1923 steam train. The railway is situated in the Fort Steele Heritage Town 16 KM north of Cranbrook. Fort Steele

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Railroading|

Blue Flag Requirements

When is a Blue Flag Required. Blue flag protection must be in place anytime persons are working on or around railway cars when... Transloading dangerous goods Transloading non-dangerous goods When inspecting railway equipment Repairing railway equipment and any other situation where persons could be at risk of an unintended movement.  The regulatory requirements for the

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Safety|

The Polar Express & the Alberta Prairie Railway

All aboard! The next stop…  the North Pole!   This year in Stettler Alberta a very special experience awaits children of all ages. From Dec 1st to the 21st on special weeknights and weekends a magical train ride to the North Pole occurs on The Polar Express. Your first class ticket takes you on a

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Railroading|