Friday, July 30, 2010

TCS marks rail training sessions

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Transportation Certification Services (TCS) has providedspring and summertime training to rail workers in six North America locations,offering training in varied disciplines involving Safe Rail Operations, Locomotive Engineering, Service Engineering, Locomotive Inspection, Commuter Coach Inspection, and Equipment Operations.

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TCS trained equipment operators for Kawasaki Rail Car at Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven, Conn., terminal. Equipment operators were trained to run electrified cars in order to bring them from the Metro-North delivery track to Kawasaki’s facility for testing, warranty work, or retrofitting. Training consisted of safety procedures, operating practices, blue signal protection, safely securing, and operating equipment. Kawasaki Rail Car will provide M-8 passenger rail cars which will be used on both Metro-North’s New Haven Line and the Connecticut DOT’s Shore Line East Service.

TCS also trained employees of the Erskine Grain Terminal in Erskine, Minn., in safe operating practices and locomotive train handling, including the use of distributed power to safely unit trains of grain at the 1 million bushel facility. Erskine Grain Terminal is located on the BNSF mainline and loads 110 car unit trains of soy beans, wheat, or corn.

TCS trained its third and fourth classes of train equipment operators for Minnesota’s North Star Commuter Rail service at its Big Lake, Minn., facility in May and June. TCS trained the first two classes of equipment operators in 2009.

In Canada, TCS trainers were in Toronto offering recertification training for GO Transit’s commuter operations engineers. TCS has been training GO engineers since 2007 as a training partner of Bombardier Transportation, GO’s rail operator. TCS has also recently been training Locomotive and Car Inspectors for Bombardier.