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Throughout the year, the ASLRRA, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) provides numerous training seminars. These seminars allow employees of Class II and III railroads the opportunity to increase their knowledge of important aspects of the everyday operation of your railroad.


The ASLRRA and FRA will be conducting a series of Accident/Incident Training Seminars in 2015, that will to address the provisions of 49 CFR Part 225 - Railroad Accidents/Incidents: Reports Classification and Investigation. Over the course of three days, our FRA speakers will provide attendees with a review of the accident/incident reporting rule and describe how these regulations pertain to your railroad. Click the links below to get more information about these seminars and to register.


In addition, FRA hosts various training seminars at various railroad sites around the country. As information on more of these seminars becomes known, we will place the details here.

August 31-September 2, 2015: 2015 Eastern Region Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Seminar in State College, Pennsylvania hosted by the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, PennDOT, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and North Shore Railroad. This year's seminar, Highway/Rail Safety 2015, promises to be chocked full of useful information presented by leaders in the rail industry, FRA and state DOTs. Seminar topics will include Crossing Incidents / Accidents, Blocked Crossings, the Emergency Notification System, Trespass Mitigation, Quiet Zones, FRA's new Grade Crossing Inventory Form and Database System, MUTCD, Section 130 Program, Pedestrian Crossing Warning Devices, and Operation Lifesaver. This year's venue, The Penn Stater, is a quality site with newly renovated rooms, great amenities, two in-house restaurants, and easy access to downtown State College. For details and registration, please click here. If you have any questions please contact gfury@seda-cog.org.


September 1-3, 2015: A Regulatory Safety Training Seminar hosted by Watco Companies will be presented by the Federal Railroad Administration in Kansas City, MO, at the InterContinental Hotel, Kansas City. This event is FREE to Railroad members. The seminar will contain classroom and field instruction by Federal Railroad Administration Region 6 personnel, plus networking opportunities for all participants. Safety Officers, General Managers, Roadmasters, Trainmasters, and Signal Supervisors will benefit from attending this event. Various regulations will be discussed including Training Standards, PTC, Operating Practices, Adjacent Track Protection and Hazardous Materials. For more information, including registration and hotel reservation, click here or contact Michele Howard of Watco at mhoward@watcocompanies.com or 620-231-2230.


NARS will be offering a Conductor Class October 12th – November 20th at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact the NARS office at (913) 469-3857 or email Susan McGarvey at mcgarvey@jccc.edu. Online class RRTC 267 must be completed by January 29, 2016. The course consists of 6 weeks face-to-face on the campus of JCCC and 10 weeks of online coursework. At the end of this 16 week program, you will have earned 17 credit hours and will receive a Conductor Certificate.

Fall 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 Costs:

Residence Cost
Johnson County $5,747
Kansas (Outside Johnson County) $6,002
Out of State $7,838

For more information on the many training opportunities available for railroads at NARS, please click here.


Also, the ASLRRA will also once again be holding an FRA Drug & Alcohol Seminar in conjunction with the General Counsel Symposium and Finance & Administration Seminar. For more details, click here.