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April 21, 2017    -    October 28, 2018
April 25, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Friday, April 28, 2017
    Track Safety Standards Part 213 Classes 1-5 Workshop

    This 3.5 day course describes track defects and discusses in depth the Federal Track Safety Standards in 49 CFR, Part 213: Track Safety Standards (TSS) Class 1-5 with an interactive approach both in the classroom and in the field. Class 1, Short Line operators, and contractors will find this workshop valuable for those responsible for compliance with the FRA TSS. Upon completion of this course, attendees will have an introductory understanding of how to apply FRA TSS for inspecting track, recording defects, and taking necessary remedial action.

    Emphasis during this course is placed on: FRA Qualification, Compliance, Railroad/Track Owner Responsibility, Class Specific Defects, Non Class Specific Defects, Turnout Inspections, Rail Defects, and Inspection Report Requirements.

    Those attending will:

    • Learn track inspection techniques with special emphasis of turnouts.
    • Learn how to measure track parameters in the field.
    • Develop a clear understanding of the Federal Track Safety Standards and the FRA track inspection process.

    Copurse Outline:

    • Track Safety Standards 213
    • Subpart A to F
    • Track Classes 1 - 5
    • Turnout  Inspections
    • Railroad/Track Owner Responsibility
    • Excepted Track
    • Responsibility for Compliance
    • Non-Class Specific Defects
    • Track Components
    • Roadbed
    • Drainage, Vegetation
    • Track Geometry, Gage, Alignment, Curves
    • Track Surface
    • Track Structure
    • Ballast, Crossties Wood, Concrete
    • Gage Restraint Measuring Systems (GRMS)
    • Rail History and Defect Identification
    • Rail End Mismatch
    • CWR Plans, CWR Plan Content
    • Rail Joints , Torch Cut Rail
    • Tie Plates, Rail Cant
    • Rail Fastening Systems
    • Turnouts, Switches, Frogs (RBM, Self-Guarded, Spring Rail, Flange Bearing)
    • Track Appliances
    • Derails
    • Inspections
    • Track, Switches, Crossings, Lift Assemblies, Inspections and Requirements, Automated Inspections (Concrete Ties)
    • Special Inspections
    • Inspection Record Requirements

    Meet the Instructor: Brad Hess

    Brad Hess was employed in the railroad industry for more than 48 years. For the past 33 years he worked in the railroad regulatory and safety field as a Track Specialist for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Track Inspector for FRA, the states of California and Nevada. He recently retired from the FRA after spending the last 16 years as the Regional Track Specialist in FRA Region 7, including the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada Reno.




    Location : Holiday Inn & Suites at Ameristar, Council Bluffs, IA
    Contact : Toll free 1-800-228-9670 (US and Canada)

May 02, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    2017 Annual Transloading Conference
    Location : Kansas City, Missouri
    Contact : Steve Braithwaite, Executive Director (402) 306-2250 or
May 03, 2017
May 23, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Thursday, May 25, 2017
    North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) Annual Meeting

    Keynote from the Association of American Railroads Lance Fritz, AAR Chairman and Union Pacific Railroad Chairman, President and CEO.

    Location : Parc 55 Hilton, San Francisco, Calif.
    Contact : 331-643-3369
June 07, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - Thursday, June 08, 2017 8:00AM
    Railway Age Rail Insights Conference

    The key strategic challenges, issues and trends affecting business growth, capital investment, technology, regulation, service quality and safety in the North American Rail Market.

    Location : Chicago, IL
June 20, 2017
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Rail Infrastructure and Vehicle Inspection Technology (RIVIT) Conference

    The RIVIT Conference objectives include improving the effectiveness of existing technologies, development and implementation of new technologies, and presenting research on emerging technologies with the potential to be applied to rail transportation.

    Location : Urbana, IL
    Contact : or (217) 300-1340
July 09, 2017
  • Sunday, July 09, 2017 - Saturday, July 15, 2017
    Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Program 2017 – Rail and Intermodal Transportation.

    This high school program, a collaboration by Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program and the Transportation and Logistics Management Program at University of Wisconsin–Superior, investigates rail and intermodal transportation.

    • Learn about and ride trains—the green transportation alternative.
    • Find out why trucks, ships, and trains are so important to our economy.
    • Learn about advancements in railroad technology, like alternative fuels and advanced train control systems.
    • Enjoy technical tours to rail and intermodal facilities in Marquette and Duluth.
    • Work in teams to complete group projects.
    • Experience college life on two campuses—stay in a residence hall, explore campus, and meet others with similar backgrounds and interests.
    • Enjoy Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and the shores of Lake Superior.

    Location : Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931
    Contact : Amanda Kerttu 906-487-2429

July 10, 2017
September 25, 2017
  • Monday, September 25, 2017 - Friday, September 29, 2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    IRSE 2017 Annual Convention

    Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)  2017 Annual Convention

    Location : Dallas, Texas
    Contact :
October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Friday, October 20, 2017
    Next-Gen Train Control presented by Railway Age | Parsons

    The International Conference on Next-Gen Train Control will feature in-depth technical sessions and comprehensive project updates on CBTC for rail transit and PTC for main line railways presented by leading experts from around the world.

    Now in its third decade, this conference is the rail industry’s single-most important gathering of communications and signaling professionals from around the globe. It is the place where suppliers and consultants interface directly with customers.

    Key Topics
    • Project Updates: New York City Transit, Toronto Transit Commission, San Francisco Muni, Calgary, AAR Freight Railroads, European ERTMS
    • Safety Certification
    • PTC Testing and Implementation Issues
    • CBTC: PATH Testing and Implementation
    • CENELEC, AREMA, MIL, IEEE Standards
    • PTC Federal Communications Commission Issues
    • Communications, Positioning, Information Processing and IT Architecture
    • Supplier Roundtable

    Location : Philadelphia, PA
    Contact : Tel: 212.620.7208 | E: