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Upcoming events

    • 02 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 03 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indiana Harbor Belt RR Hammond, IN
    • 10
    Register

    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:

    August 2-3, 2022 at the Indiana Harbor Belt RR in Hammond, IN

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

    Questions? Call Carrie Foor at 331-643-3369 or email cfoor54@msn.com

    Agenda: 

    09:00               Safety Briefing

                            Introductions

                            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

                                                    Fasteners

                                                    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

                                        Why!

                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                           


    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 21 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • RJ Corman, Nicholasville, KY
    • 23
    Register

    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:

    October 20-21, 2022 at RJ Corman Nicholasville, KY

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

    Questions? Call Carrie Foor at 331-643-3369 or email cfoor54@msn.com

    Agenda: 

    09:00               Safety Briefing

                            Introductions

                            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

                                                    Fasteners

                                                    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

                                        Why!

                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                           


Past events

21 Jun 2022 Night of the Stars
20 Jun 2022 AARS 124th Annual Meeting
26 Apr 2022 AARS Field Train Accident Prevention (TAP) & Investigation Training
11 Nov 2021 Human Factors Seminar ONLY - Nov 2021
09 Nov 2021 NOV 2021 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar ONLY -- Philly
09 Nov 2021 Registration for BOTH AARS Derailment Investigation & Human Factors Seminar -- Philly
05 Nov 2019 2019 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar -- Chicago O'Hare
24 Jul 2019 2019 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
22 Jul 2019 AARS 123rd Annual Meeting
05 Jun 2019 2019 Human Factors Seminar
06 Nov 2018 Human Factors Seminar
24 Jul 2018 2018 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
22 Jul 2018 AARS 122nd Annual Meeting
08 May 2018 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar -- Los Angeles
23 Apr 2018 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar -- Philadelphia
25 Jul 2017 2017 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
25 Jul 2017 2017 AARS Annual Derailment Investigation Seminar
23 Jul 2017 AARS 121st Annual Meeting
26 Jul 2016 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
24 Jul 2016 AARS 120th Annual Meeting
09 Nov 2015 AARS Annual Derailment Investigation Seminar
21 Jul 2015 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
19 Jul 2015 AARS 119th Annual Meeting
03 Nov 2014 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar, Nov. 3-4
14 Sep 2014 AARS 2014 Annual Meeting
04 Nov 2013 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar, Nov. 4-5
21 Jul 2013 117th AARS Anual Meeting Newark, NJ/New York, NY
28 Feb 2013 41st Winter Meeting ATLANTA
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