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Rail Car Mover Training & Certification

What do we offer? Whether you want a Rail Car Mover certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Rail Car Mover training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

What are my options for Rail Car Mover training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Rail Car Mover Training Course?

Our railcar mover safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

  • Anatomy & Pre-shift Inspections
  • Safe Operations & Stability
    • Know Your Machine
      • Mounting & Dismounting
      • Coupling & Uncoupling Railcars
      • Braking Systems
    • Know Your Worksite
      • Vehicle Following Distance
      • Safe Speeds
      • Public Crossings
      • PPE
  • Investigated Case Studies

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2 to 2.5 hours.

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 49 CFR 222.21

  • 49 CFR 229.9

  • 49 CFR 232.9

  • 29 CFR 1917.17

Why do I need Rail Car Mover training?

In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. While there are few OSHA standards that specifically relate to railcar movers, these machines do fall under standards for general railways. The operation of a railcar mover is treated in many ways like the operation of a standard locomotive.

OSHA emphasizes the need for initial training as well as refresher training at appropriate times. Railcar movers are heavy pieces of machinery and can be deadly if used by untrained or unqualified personnel. Employers and supervisors have a responsibility to create a safe working environment by providing training to their employees.

  • Did You Know?


  • More than 3000 railroad accidents occur each year.

  • Around 300 fatalities occur on the railroad yearly.

  • Regarding railroad employees, there are around 2,000 injuries and roughly 3 fatalities each year.

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Risk Assessment Training Frequently Asked Questions 

What does a railcar mover do?

Railcar movers are designed for use on worksites. They can move between tracks and roads and can pull equipment throughout a rail yard. Because of this, they are able to greatly increase the speed of work on any rail yard.

If my employees are already trained on locomotives, why do they need training for railcar movers?

While railcar movers are held to many of the same standards as regular locomotives, their operation is very different. Railcar movers are able to travel on railroad tracks as well as public roads. This makes them very useful but it also makes them more complex. In order to operate one safely, workers will need to be specifically trained to do so.

Are railcar movers considered road vehicles?

There are several different types of risk assessment including qualitative, quantitative, generic, site-specific, and dynamic risk assessments. The type of risk assessment found in the training is a robust quantitative risk assessment as it is the most effective and least biased type of risk assessment.

What is the difference between risk assessment and risk management?

Whenever a railcar mover travels on a road using its road tires, it is considered a vehicle. It is subject to all standard traffic laws wherever it is driving. When a railcar mover travels on railroads, it is also subject to any laws regarding railroad operation.

Does railcar mover training involve more than just operating the vehicle?

Our railcar mover training is designed to teach operators how to be safe when working on a rail yard. This means that they will learn how to operate the railcar mover as well as how to be a safe employee when moving through the worksite. Employee’s will be trained in proper communication and even learn how to move across tracks safely and efficiently.
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