Many Industrial Railways are now responsible to do their own switching inside their gates. The service carriers will drop off and pick up rail cars from designated tracks and it is up to the industrial railway to provide the switching necessary to position the rail cars for loading or unloading and then place them for pick up by the service carrier.
In these cases, the industrial railway needs to follow railway regulations and safety practices to do the switching safely and productively. Typically the industrial railway will use either a locomotive engine or a rail car mover for this purpose.
This course is for employees who move rail cars operating a locomotive engine. This is a 3 to 4-day course depending upon the complexity of the operation and experience of the participants.
Module 1 – Core Safety
Job briefings/tool box meeting
Working around equipment
Entrain and detrain stationary equipment safely and properly
Entrain and detrain a locomotive safely and properly
Entrain and detrain moving equipment properly and safely
Crossing over stationary equipment
Module 2 – Freight Car Inspection
Module 3 – Car Securement
Vertical Wheel Handbrake
Car braking systems
Module 4 – Car Air Brakes
Working with car air brakes
Module 5 – Locomotive Inspection
Explain the Locomotive Inspections that are required
Conduct a proper Pre-use Locomotive Inspection
Perform a proper Locomotive Brake test
Conduct a Cold Start Locomotive Inspection
Module 6 – Locomotive Operation
Identify and explain the key components of the locomotive braking system
Demonstrate the positions on the Automatic Brake Valve Handle
Operate the Automatic Brake Valve to effectively and safely slow, control, and stop movements
Operate the Independent Brake to effectively and safely slow, control, and stop movements
Recognize a penalty application
Recover from a penalty application
Recover an emergency application
Safely start a locomotive diesel engine
Safely move a locomotive
Safely stop a locomotive under normal operating conditions
Safely shut down a locomotive engine
Module 7 – Switching Operations
Initiate the movement
Controlling a movement
Industrial Railway Operating Rules
The operating rules are integrated with the above modules and presented in the context of the yard operation.
A separate written test is administered as part of the training.
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