Course Descriptions

Canadian Railway Operating Rules

Canadian Rail Operating Rules Non-Main Track Qualification – Assistant Ground Person

The participant will be provided five days of hands-on practical application of rules, regulations and procedures. Upon successful completion the participant would be qualified to assist a qualified ground person to supervise and control rail car movements on private non-main tracks.

Canadian Rail Operating Rules Non-Main Track Qualification – Lead Ground Person

The participant will learn how to plan switching activities for safe and efficient operations, prepare and lead job briefings and would include observation of task performances in their normal working environment.

Canadian Rail Operating Rules Main Track Qualification – Conductor

The participant, upon successful completion would be versed in main track rules and requirements with focus on the three main methods of control, OCS, CTC and Cautionary Limits used in Canada but will require on job training.

Locomotive Engineer/Operator – Non Main Track, Main Track

Participants will learn, based on operation requirements of your company, diesel electric locomotives, locomotive air brakes, train handling, freight car air brakes, dynamic braking, end of train devices, air brake tests, fuel conservation techniques, and distributed power (if required).

Dangerous Goods

Transportation of Dangerous Commodities

Participants will be provided information regarding the requirements for the transportation of dangerous goods by rail within Canada.

Industrial Railway Operations

Rail Awareness – Railyard Orientation and Awareness

The participant will learn fundamental situational awareness and safety procedures for operating in a railyard environment. This includes gaining a familiarity with all basic processes and procedures surrounding rail equipment, rail activities, and staff movement in the field. Please note that the movement, securement or operation of any rail equipment is covered in subsequent training.

Rail Car Movement – Non-Main Track

The participant will learn basic regulations and procedures in the following areas: General Rail Operating Rules, radio communication and hand signals, rail car securement (including handbrakes), switches, derails, point of movement protection, entraining, detraining, crossing over between rail cars, as well as how to protect track work and employees repairing rail equipment.

Switching Rail Cars – Non-Main Track

The participant will learn regulations for switch rail cars including operating over both public and private road crossings, rail car components, coupling and uncoupling rail cars, working with rail car air hoses and the rail car air brake system and required tests. This course offers 1 day of practical hands training in these activities.

Safety Management

Compliance Monitoring

Establish the parameters for your management team to develop a compliance monitoring process for your rail operation to ensure compliance to the rules and standards in place for working in a rail operation helping to ensure employee safety.

Track Maintenance and Track Inspection

Basic track inspection

Participants will be provided information that will allow them to inspect track structure and identify defects that will require maintenance.

Track inspection

Participants will be provided with and understanding of the regulations for rail track and structure, how to perform and meet documentation standards for track structure including practical application.

Customized solutions for your specific needs

We will work with you to assess your needs and design a training program to meet those needs. This may include but is not limited to the following: Air Brakes, Maintenance of Way, Running Trades/Transportation, Specific Rail Operating Rules book for your operation, ongoing compliance monitoring and recording keeping, abbreviated refresher courses for all training previously provided, or any variation of the above training solutions.