Norfolk Southern Is Sending Their Hazmat Safety Train Over The Road


Norfolk Southern has rolled out a new educational train and website to help first responders across its network respond to potential rail-related incidents.

The train and website are part of NS’ Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program and was launched in 2015 to strengthen relationships with local first responders by providing classroom, web-based, and field training on hazardous materials transportation, as well as information about rail operations.

The NS hazmat safety train is comprised of:

  • A 2,000-horsepower, 273-ton locomotive painted in honor of emergency responders with insignia recognizing police, fire, and emergency services
    Two boxcars converted into classrooms, each capable of holding 30 people
    Four styles of tank cars, including DOT-105, DOT-111, DOT-112, and DOT-117, to illustrate a variety of car valves and fittings
    Two 89-foot flatcars designed to transport intermodal containers

“The NS hazmat safety train is like a rolling classroom, delivering hands-on training directly to emergency responders in communities along our rail lines,” said John Irwin, NS assistant vice president safety and environmental. “We are committed to moving these materials as safely and efficiently as possible, and building partnerships with emergency first responders across our network is a vital part of operating a safe rail network.”

NS also launched its new website today to provide the public with information about transporting hazardous materials and the economic benefits of moving hazardous materials by rail.

The safety train will travel to 14 states across the railroad’s network including Buffalo, NY in June 21-23 probably bringing it up the Sunbury Line through Northeast Pa..

NS Sending Hazmat Train Over The Road

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