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Rail Safety & Understanding Tank Cars

Training Event


Shell Oil Products
520 Allens Ave
Providence RI 02905

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Training includes:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Hands-on understanding tank car anatomy
  • Certificates will be provided. 

You only need to register for one session. Each 4-hour session will present the same information and is intended to cover multiple shift rotations. 

Attendee Level

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

Event Focus

Featured Topics:

  • Safety on railroad operating property
  • Safety considerations at the scene of a rail incident
  • Rail cars
  • Placards & Markings
  • Understanding Train Documentation


Classroom Instruction:

Railroad 101: Responders will learn about the railroad operational environment, potential hazards, and safety rules. Safety considerations associated with an emergency response to incidents involving freight rail will also be covered. Responders will be provided with information to help keep themselves and the community safe when dealing with rail infrastructure and rolling stock including locomotives.

Responders will also learn more about tank compliance & regulations, tank car & commodity identification, safety components, repair and inspection requirements, and train documentation.

Field Exercise: 

Understanding Tank Cars: Learn about the anatomy of general service and pressure tank cars including protective housings; valves and fittings; tank components; safety appliances; jacket, shell, and head construction; placards and markings.

Important Details

Required Safety Gear: Work boots and safety glasses are required. Hard hats, reflective vest and gloves are optional.

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

Each morning and afternoon session is limited to 40 attendees. 


  • Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
  • Providence and Worcester Railroad
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
  • Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
  • Shell Oil Products
  • Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI)
  • CSX Transportation


Erica (Bernstein) Fischer

2900 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church VA 22042

Phone  703-741-5524
Mobile  804-357-4758
David Dumsar

2 Pleasant Street
Wyoming RI 02898

Phone  401-474-5371
Cary Hiles
Genesee &Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc

13901 Sutton Park Drive S.
Jacksonville FL 32224

Phone  904-999-3368
Mobile  904-495-9973
John Walsh
Short Line Safety Institute

50 F St NW Suite 500
Washington DC 20001

Phone  202-567-2824
Mobile  904-229-7013