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.

The FRA has authorized waivers for certain requirements of many rail safety regulations. These waivers are offered to all railroads operating within the United States. Read more about it here

They are also granting relief in regards to mandatory training. This relief is extended to all railroads operating in the United States.  Read more about it here

Latest Regulation Updates

Settlement Talks Continue as ASLRRA Challenges

FRA’s Training Standards Rule 

 

In September, 2016, for the first time in its 101 year history, ASLRRA filed an action challenging the rule in the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia. Settlement discussions with FRA quickly ensued, and ASLRRA and FRA agreed to have their subject matter experts work together to see if they can agree on an alternate training program which would be simpler and less costly to small railroads and which would still meet the basic training requirements FRA expects.  

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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

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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 for pre-order from vendors such as Labelmaster and JJ Keller!

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