The Outback Railroad Association was formed in 2014 by railroad employees and vendors to promote safety and training to shortline railroads in northwest United States. By the sharing of ideas and information, we will strive to make our railroads safe places to work!
Thanks to our awesome vendors, presenters and attendees for making our 2019 Conference a great success!
The 2020 Conference will be March 17th through March 19th in historic Deadwood, SD!
Click HERE for more information.
Latest Regulation Updates
FRA issues Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Air Brake System Safety Standards
Among the proposed changes, the FRA is considering extending the amount of time a rail car can be "off air".
Written comments must be received by March 16, 2020.
Click HERE to view the NPRM
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.
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
2020 FRA Railroad Trespass Prevention and Grade Crossing Technology Summits
Between 2012 and 2017, the number of railroad trespassing pedestrian fatalities increased 18 percent. Nearly 95 percent of all rail-related fatalities in the United States result from illegal trespassing or highway-grade crossing collisions. The vast majority of these tragedies are preventable.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) invites you to attend one of six free, two-day Railroad Trespass Prevention and Grade Crossing Technology Summits planned across the United States. The goals of these Summits are to raise awareness of the dangers and impacts of trespassing, to seek out low-cost solutions to local trespassing issues, and to discuss practicable ideas for technological improvements at grade crossings.
Click here for more information and to register for one of the Summits.
2020 Emergency Response Guidebooks are now available for pre-order from vendors such as Labelmaster and JJ Keller!