Industrial Railway Rail Car Mover Operations Training
Many Industrial Railways are now responsible for doing 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 rail car mover. 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
- Yard safety
- Handling Switches
- Handling Derails
- Track Protection
- 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
- Riding equipment
Module 2 – Freight Car Inspection
- Reporting Defects
- Identifying defects
Module 3 – Car Securement
- Vertical Wheel Handbrake
- Car braking systems
Module 4 – Car Air Brakes
- Working with car air brakes
- Background information
Module 5 – RCM Ops & Inspection
- Safety check list
- Pre-use inspection
- Air brake test
Module 6 – Switching Operations
- Initiate the movement
- Controlling a movement
- Shove movement
- Spotting cars
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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