The Outback Railroad Association was formed in 2014 by railroad employees and vendors to promote safety and training to shortline railroads in the United States. By the sharing of ideas and information, we will strive to make our railroads safe places to work!
We will announce our 2021 conference date soon.

COVID-19

FRA updates

The FRA has activated the agency's emergency relief docket in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can read more here.

Latest Regulation Updates

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule, extending the amount of time freight rail equipment can be left off-air (meaning parked with its air brake system depressurized) before requiring a new brake inspection, which is expected to reduce the number of idling locomotives. The final rule incorporates longstanding waivers for brake inspections, tests and equipment, while clarifying existing regulations and removing outdated provisions. The final rule extends the period of time "off air" from 4 hours to 24 hours.  You can read the final rule here

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8th Edition GCOR is now available to order!

The newest edition of General Code of Operating Rules is now available to order. Click HERE for more information.

According to the FRA, trespassing along railroad rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America.

The have begun a campaign to highlight the dangers.  Each week they will post a video to their social media platforms.  You can see the videos by going to their website or you can click here for more information.

2020 Emergency Response Guidebooks are now available from vendors such as Labelmaster and JJ Keller!