Locomotive and Car Compliance Training Seminar

July 11-13, 2023
Iowa Northern Railway Training Center in Waterloo, IA

The seminar is full and online registration is closed.
Please join the wait list to be contacted in case of cancellations.

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ASLRRA and Iowa Northern Railway Company, in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration, are hosting an FRA Locomotive and Car Compliance Training Seminar for short line railroads. Intended for short line railroad Chief Mechanical Officers, Shop Foremen, and Inspectors, this three-day training seminar will include 2 ½ days of classroom and one half day of hands-on field training covering compliance requirements of locomotives and railcars. FRA subject matter experts will review CFR Parts 215, 229 and 232 from a mechanical employee’s perspective and discuss common defects found throughout the industry and recommended actions for compliance. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in open discussions with colleagues and subject matter experts who will be available to answer questions and remove any confusion regarding compliance.

Attendees should bring PPE for the field training portion.


Patrick Merritt - FRA MP&E Training Specialist TTSD, Federal Railroad Administration
Stephen Strong - SMT-6 Chief Inspector, Federal Railroad Administration
JR Gelnar, Vice President, Safety & Compliance, ASLRRA
Mark Vaughn, Assistant General Manager, Iowa Northern Railway Company


ASLRRA Members — $475; Non-Members - $950     Join the Wait List

*Space is limited to the first 25 registered attendees. Once the class is full we will maintain a waiting list and register additional attendees in the event of cancellations.

ASLRRA must be notified by email of any cancellations or requests for refunds by June 10, 2023. After this date, refunds will not be issued; substitutions from the same company are accepted and encouraged.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Holiday Inn & Suites Bien Venu Event Center, located at 7400 Hudson Rd in Cedar Falls, IA. The group room rate of $109 plus tax per night includes daily hot breakfast. For reservations, please use this link or call the hotel directly at (319) 260-2600 and request the "ASLRRA Locomotive & Car Compliance Training Room Block" to receive the discounted room rate and breakfast vouchers.

Reserve Your Room

To request hotel shuttle pickup/drop-off at the Waterloo Airport, please email Sandy Thomas in advance with name and flight information.

Important Details

Classroom training will take place at Iowa Northern Railway’s training center located at 201 Tower Park Drive, Suite #300 in Waterloo. Hands-on field training will take place at Iowa Northern Railway’s railyard located at 1330 Sheffield Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702. When registering, attendees must indicate if they will have a personal/rental car or if they will rely on daily hotel-provided shuttle transportation to/from hotel, classroom, and field training locations.

Attendees should plan to spend three full days in training, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Waterloo, IA Regional airport is a non-hub commercial service airport providing twice-daily service to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL; recommended travel days for attendees are Monday, July 10, and Friday, July 14.

Questions, please contact Sabrina Waiss.