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This course is designed for those who are working in the railway industry (hostlers, conductors, yard supervisors, engineers, track maintenance, etc.). The course will provide the full Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) that governs federally regulated railway operations in Canada (focusing on their impact on Canadian railways), and will also include record keeping and Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) for Railway. Successful students will receive a BCIT Statement of Completion, and a card stating: "This student has met the certification requirements of BCIT Railway in Canadian Railway Operating Rules." According to Canadian Railway Operating Rules (Rule A, i and vii), recertification is mandatory every three years.
A minimum of three years’ railway experience, or prior Railway Conductor training, or RAIL 1001.
1. The final exam will be held at Annacis Island Campus. 2. Prerequisite: A minimum of three years’ railway experience, or prior Railway Conductor training, or RAIL 1001.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Explain all the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (including signals, OCS, CTC and Interlocking) (PART A), Record Keeping (PART B), and Transportation of Dangerous Goods (PART C)
PART A – RULES
Module 1: Overview:
Explain the purpose(s) of the CROR.
Explain the evolution of Canadian railway rules.
Describe the roles and responsibilities of the railways, RAC and Transport Canada in formulating and updating CROR.
Identify and describe the sections of the CROR.
Identify the purpose of key documentation related to CROR, including GOI.
Module 2: General and Non-Numbered Rules
State CROR definitions and identify authorized abbreviations.
Identify, locate and explain the non-numbered rules of CROR, including General Notice and General Rules.
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Time and Time Tables.
Module 3: Rules Related to Signals and Emergencies
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Signals - General.
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to General Description and Location of Fixed Signals.
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Emergencies affecting railway operations.
Module 4: Rules relating to Protection of Impassable or Slow Track
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Protection of Impassable or Slow Track.
Module 5: Rules relating to Radio and General Procedures
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Radio and General Procedures.
Module 6: Authorities – General Bulletin Orders (GBO)
Describe the general procedures for requesting, receiving, and copying any authority or instruction.
Explain the purpose and use of General Bulletin Orders (GBO).
Describe the relationship between the information included on a General Bulletin Order (GBO) form and Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR).
Describe the "Forms of GBO" used to protect track conditions - Forms S, T(1), T(2), and Y.
Describe the "Forms of GBO" used to specify speed - Forms V(1), V(2), V(3), V(4), and V(5).
Describe the Daily Operating Bulletin (DOB) and the DOB Extension.
Describe the Tabular GBO (TGBO)
Module 7: Rules relating to Operation of Movements
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Operation of Movements.
Module 8: Rules relating to Switches and Derails
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Switches and Derails.
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Safe Switching.
Module 9: Authorities Clearance in OCS
Describe the clearance form as used in OCS with applicable Canadian Rail Operating Rules.
Module 10: Rules relating to OCS and ABS
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Occupancy Control System (OCS).
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Automatic Block Signal System (ABS).
Module 11: Rules relating to CTC and Interlocking
Identify, locate and explain applicable rules and regulations relating to Centralized Control System (CTC).
Identify, locate and explain rules relating to Interlocking.
Module 12: Authorization Forms in CTC / ABS / Interlocking
Describe forms related to Authorization as used in CTC/ABS/Interlocking with the applicable Canadian Rail Operating Rules.
Explain how CTC Authorization forms fulfill CROR requirements.
PART B – RECORD KEEPING
Module 13: Forms, Records and Documents – Overview
Describe the Dimensional Load File, Train Consist and Tonnage Profile used by a Conductor in the performance of his/her duties.
Describe the train/equipment and crew related forms, records and documents used by a Conductor in the performance of his/her duties.
Describe the incident/safety related forms, records and documents used by a Conductor in the performance of his/her duties.
Module 14: Forms, Records and Documents for Conductors
Describe the standards related to forms, records and documents.
Describe the process(es) related to forms, records and documents.
PART C – TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS
Describe training requirements, classifications, and carrier responsibilities when working with dangerous goods
Identify placard information and location on railcars
Describe shipping documentation, its location during transit, and importance
Describe the operation of a dangerous goods train
Describe the inspection of cars carrying dangerous goods
Describe the emergency response related to dangerous goods train
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2018
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