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AARS Field Train Accident Prevention (TAP) & Investigation Training

  • 26 Apr 2022
  • 9:00 AM (EDT)
  • 27 Apr 2022
  • 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Florida East Coast Railway
  • 6


  • 2-day session on Field Train Accident Prevention (TAP) and Investigation
  • 2-day session on Field Train Accident Prevention (TAP) and Investigation

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Join us for this 2-day Field Train Accident Prevention & Investigation Seminar which features one day in the field and one in the classroom. 

Led by experienced railroaders Bruce Rose and Jimmy Grupposo, this session is offered as follows:

April 26-27, 2022 at the Florida East Coast Railway in Jacksonville, FL

See agenda below.  Lunch is included in the session registration fee of $849 for members and $949 for non-members.


09:00               Safety Briefing


                        Course Objectives

10:00               Investigation (TAP) Walk Through

                                    Before Equipment Arrives – Things to Accomplish

                                    Data to Secure

                                    Recording Track Geometry

                                    Identify Point of Derailment (PD)

                                    Reviewing Possible Causes of PD and Wheel Action

                                    Rail Rollover

                                    Wheel Climb

                                    Broken Rail

                                    Finding First Wheel

                                    Site Sketch


12:00               Lunch

13:00               Equipment Fact Finding

                                                Wheel Sets

                                                3 – Piece Truck

                                                            Side Frame Bottoms

                                                            Warp Resistance

                                                            Vertical Damping

                                                Truck and Car Body Interface

                                                            Side Bearings

                                                            Bolster Bowl/Center Plate

                                                Draft Systems

                                                            Coupler Angularity

14:30               Break

15:00               Engineering Fact Finding

                                                Basics of Track Structure

                                                Rail Identification


                                                Basic Track Geometry                                               

Rail Defect

Track Notes

FRA Track Safety Standards

Turnout Derailment Investigation Booklet                                                                                              

16:30               Close

(Day 2)

09:00               Track/Train Dynamics

                                    Air Brakes

                                    Dynamic Brake

                                    Train Handling Issues

                                    Excessive Draft Force

                                    Excessive Buff Force

                                    L/V Ratio

                                    Train Make-Up

                                    Event Recorder Data

10:30               Break

10:45               Human Factors                      

Situational Awareness (SA)

                                    Identify Common Causes of Human Error

                                    Define Situational Awareness (SA)/Strategies to Manage SA

                                    Recognize when SA is Diminished or Lost (Perception)

11:45               Root Cause Analysis


                                    Using Historical Data                                                     

12:00               Lunch             

13:00               Hands-On Training – Field Work (PPE required)

                                    Engineering – Track Notes & Turnout Inspection

                                    Mechanical – Car Inspection

16:30               Close


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