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NS Safety Train Training

Training Event


209 Shenandoah Ave, NE
Roanoke VA 24016

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Training includes:

  • Hands-on workshops and classroom instruction
  • Complimentary lunch
  • Certificates upon successful completion will be emailed following the event
  • {e.g. add additional details including: handouts provided, challenge coin, presentations downloaded, etc.}

Attendee Level

  • Hazmat technician/specialist
  • First responders
  • Emergency Management Personnel
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Military
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Basic/Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Railroad Shippers
  • Railroad Customers

Event Focus

Featured topics:

  • Safety Around the Railroad
  • Understanding Rail Shipping Documents
  • Tank Car Identification
  • Tank Car Valves & Fittings
  • Locomotive Emergencies
  • Responding to Railroad Emergencies
  • AskRail Mobile App 


Classroom Sessions

Classroom: Learn about railroad structure, operations, hazards, and safety rules, locomotives, and rail cars. Rail hazmat operations and emergency response procedures are reviewed.

Field Exercise: Learn about the anatomy of general service and pressure tank cars including protective housings, valves and fittings, truck components, safety appliances, jacket, shell and head construction, placards and markings.  Review the various housings, valves, and fittings mounted on flat cars to allow easy access.  Go inside a general service tank car.  Walk around a locomotive, review the various components, and walk through the control platform in the cab.

Important Details

Required Safety Gear: Safety vest, hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, long pants, and steel toe or composite toe boots.

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.

Be at the site 15 minutes early for registration. Depending on registration and training needs, the training schedule may be adjusted prior to event.

Registration will remain open until after the event. Walk-ins are welcome to register on-site at the training event, however we strongly encourage pre-registration.


  • Norfolk Southern Corporation


Paul Williams
Norfolk Southern Railway

209 Shenandoah Ave., NE, Box 13
Roanoke VA 24042-0013

Phone  540-524-6942
Mobile  540-520-8493