Transportation Certification Services (TCS) has offered training sessions this week at numerous locations, according to TCS President Terese Jones.
TCS is training Guardian Energy employees at its Janesville, Minn., plant, to operate the plant’s locomotive both from the locomotive cab and from the ground via remote control. Guardian Energy LLC is a cooperative effortof six Midwestern farmer-owned ethanol plants. It can produce 100 million gallons of ethanol to be shipped through its connection with the DM&E Railroad.
TCS also is providing training to KAAPA Grain operating employees in Elk Grove, Neb. KAAPA employees will be trained as plant engineers in order to load grain trains delivered by Union Pacific.
Operations training by TCS was ongoing with Wichita Terminal Association in Wichita, Kan. Wichita Terminal Association, a transfer railway, is jointly owned by Union Pacific and BNSF to service more than a dozen industries and grain elevators.
TCS also was assisting the Chadron, Neb.-based Nebkota Railway in recertifying its operating staff to haul grain from its elevators in Chadron via trackagerights to its Class I connection with the DM&E at Dakota Junction.
TCS also offered classes this week in Toronto and in Montreal, recertifying commuter locomotive engineers and training commuter coach and locomotive inspectors.