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TRANSCAER Rail Safety Transportation & Hazmat Training Event

Training Event


Union Pacific Railroad (see detailed event directions listed under Important Details)
1967 Hull Ave
Des Moines IA 50313

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Training includes:

  • Classroom instruction and simulated hands-on training scenarios  
  • Lunch will be provided by Union Pacific Railroad
  • Certificates will be provided via email following electronic event evaluation form

Note: You only need to register for one session. All topics are covered within each 7-hour session. Multiple sessions are offered in order to accommodate the multiple shifts of the departments.

Attendee Level

  • Technician Level  
  • Operations Level  
  • First responders 
  • Basic/Introduction 

Event Focus

Featured topics:

  • Case Studies
  • Train Consists
  • AskRail Mobile App.
  • Understanding Tank Cars 
  • Emergency Response 


Classroom Sessions: 

Case Studies: Overview of Union Pacific Railroad incidents and the response considerations for each. 

Train Consist Overview: Learn how to read a train consist and the critical information that it will provide emergency responders during a response to an incident on the railroad. 

AskRail® Mobile App: Learn about the AskRail smartphone app - a safety tool giving first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying. 

Field Exercises: 

Field Exercise 1 (Flat Car– Fittings/Valves/Housing Overview): Conducted using UP’s flat car. This training focuses on familiarization with various valves and fittings within housings on pressure and general service tank cars.

Field Exercise 2 (Tank Car Build/Design/Identification/Field Assessment): Conducted using UP’s Tank Car. This training focuses on familiarization with the design and build of pressure and general service tank cars, how to identify the type of tank car, and how to conduct a field damage assessment.

Drills: Rail related drills for emergency responders on 3 types of releases and mitigating the leaks, along with a simulated scenario on an LPG release drill utilizing the Union Pacific training tank car. 


Important Details

Directions: Des Moines Yard GPS (41.6209466, -93.5850372) East onto East Hull Ave off Dixon St. Just before the dead-end head south on paved road into the yard. Event will be just west once entering the yard. 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) required for hands-on workshop: Solid shoes, preferably high-top boots are recommended, and full-length pants are required. No sandals are permitted. Gloves and safety glasses are required. Hard hats and vests are optional are recommended but optional.

DRILL PPE: Hard hats will be required for all personnel participating in the drill and exercise scenario.

Please advise the instructor(s) of any pre-existing medical condition(s) that may preclude you from participating in any field exercises. Stay hydrated and alert.

Be at the site by 8:30 AM for registration. Class will begin promptly at 9:00AM. 

Registration can accommodate 120 per day. You are strongly encouraged to pre-register for this event, for lunch planning purposes. We can accommodate a small number of walk-ins at this training.


  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • BNSF Railway


Jesse Duplechin
Union Pacific Railroad

2004 14th Ave
Council Bluffs IA 51501

Mobile  (402)-350-0049
Derek Lampkin
BNSF Railway

4515 Kansas Ave
Kansas City KS 66106

Phone  6127601365
Mobile  612-760-1365
Sawyer Sanchez

2900 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 301
Falls Church VA 22042

Phone  703-253-4275
Mobile  703-475-5470