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Safety Management System Self-Audit Training Update

The CHTRS has decided to cancel the open enrolment Safety Management System Self-Audit training for 2020 and will investigate the possibility of offering the course in the spring of 2021.  The logistics of delivering the 2-day course under the circumstances imposed by COVID19 are not practical at this time.  Please contact Kevin Budd or Brad

By |2020-09-30T12:54:32+00:00September 29th, 2020|Training|

The John Leeming Scholarship

The Canadian Heartland Training Railway Services is privileged to announce a new scholarship for Students of Photography.  The scholarship is in honour of the memory of an esteemed colleague and friend - John Leeming.   Clink on the link to learn more. John Leeming Scholarship

By |2020-09-29T13:12:30+00:00September 29th, 2020|Railroading|

CHTRS COVID19 Update

The CHTRS has gradually resumed delivering on-site training for our clients.  In every case we ensure provincial guidelines as well as client policies and procedures respecting COVID19 are followed.  The safety of everyone involved is paramount and we work with each client to ensure all necessary safeguards are in place.  Please contact Kevin Budd for

By |2020-09-30T14:52:20+00:00September 29th, 2020|Training|

The CHTRS and COVID19

To all our stakeholders,   The Canadian Heartland Training Railway Services (CHTRS) is committed to our continued relationship as a trusted rail training and safety management partner.  Given the present pandemic situation, some clients have requested that we defer instructor-led training scheduled at customer locations, or in classroom settings.  In the interests of the health

By |2020-03-18T16:11:27+00:00March 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 20th, 2017|Regulations, Safety, Uncategorized|